Green bin - garden waste

What you can and can't recycle in your green bin, collection information and what happens to the contents of your bin after collection.

Coronavirus Update

We recently suspended green bin collections so that we can prioritise household waste and recycling, but there are ways in which you can still get out in the garden and enjoy the fresh air.

Home composting is a great way to make the most of your garden waste, it can also create space in your black bin as some kitchen wastes including vegetable peelings can be used. There are lots of ways to get started - find out more on our composting page.

When did they resume?

Green bin (garden waste) collections started again on 23 June on a temporary, monthly basis across Doncaster. To begin with each household will have their green bins collected once every four weeks. The first round of collections will take until mid-July to complete. 

Residents across the borough were sent a letter through their door week commencing 15 June notifying them of the date their collection was set to resume. Residents should read this letter – or check their online bin calendar – to find details of their revised collection dates and present bins on the kerbside at 7am on the appropriate collection.


Why are you reintroducing them on a temporary monthly basis?

This will enable us to clear the backlog of green waste and to make sure physical distancing can be maintained and that services are safe for staff and residents. 

When can we expect to see a return to normal fortnightly collections?

If the interim period is successful then we are looking at resuming the fortnightly green bin kerbside collections from late August.

What do I need to do?

Residents are also being reminded:

  • Make sure your bin is not too heavy. There is a risk it may break when lifted onto the vehicle, and if staff think it is too heavy to lift safely it won’t be collected. If you are unsure, please take some waste out. Our six Household Waste Recycling Centres are also accepting garden waste.
  • Don’t leave extra waste next to green or black bins. The only extra waste which can be left out is extra recycling on blue bin collection days. If you have been storing extra garden waste in a bag or other container, please empty this in to your green bin after your first collection, or consider taking it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. Please visit first as some restrictions are still in place as well as social distancing measures that you will need to prepare for before you go 
  • Bins might be collected at a different time of day, so to avoid a missed collection please ensure you place your bin out for collection by 7am on your collection day.

What can you recycle in your green bin?

Yes please

  • grass cuttings
  • plants and weeds (not invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Ragwort)
  • prunings and twigs
  • leaves
  • hedge clippings
  • old or dead houseplants

No thanks

  • food waste (cooked or uncooked)
  • fruit, vegetables and peelings
  • items that do not compost and can cause harm to farm animals if their remains are left in the final compost.
  • cardboard
  • plastic, glass, metal
  • bags, including biodegradable
  • treated wood
  • stones and gravel
  • soil and turf (a little soil on the roots of plants is acceptable. NB. We do not accept soil at Household Waste and Recycling Centres either - you will need to arrange commercial collection or disposal of soil such as a skip)
  • polystyrene trays and containers
  • frozen food cartons
  • cardboard cartons
  • plastic bottles
  • food cartons (Tetra packs)
  • pet bedding and waste
  • vacuum cleaner content


When are collections?

  • green bins are collected every two weeks between March and November 
  • don't forget - put your bin out to the edge of your property by 7am and take it in when emptied.
  • please ensure that your green bin, blue bin and green box are put out for collection before 7am on the correct day and taken in when emptied
  • please ensure the lid is firmly closed

You can check the green bin collection dates for your area using the online calendar below:

Changes to collections:

  • recycling and refuse collections will now be made on a Tuesday to Friday, including Good Friday which is a normal working day for SUEZ, this means that your bins and box will be collected on the same day between March to November
  • for updates and information on collections during periods of bad weather follow Doncaster Council on Facebook and Twitter.

Is your bin missing or damaged?

You can request a new bin, or ask for your bin to be repaired, on our dedicated webpage, which can be found by clicking the button below:

Missed collection:

Assisted collection:

We can help with collections if you are unable to take your bin or box to the kerbside (pull out service) because of disability or ill health. 

What happens to the contents of my green bin?

Collections from the green wheeled bins are taken to an open air composting facility where animals and birds could come in to contact with it.

Following the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001 the Animal By-Products Regulations were introduced across Europe to prevent there being a risk to animal or public health through the spread of disease.  

Due to the composting process undertaken in Doncaster 'in open air' certain types of degradable wastes cannot be accepted for processing, including fruit and vegetables.  If food waste could have been in contact with any animal produce e.g. on the chopping board with cheese or meat, etc, this should not be placed in the green wheeled bin.  A general rule is that anything which could have been in the kitchen is to be treated as contamination and should not be placed in the green wheeled bin.

The green waste is:

  • checked for quality
  • shredded into smaller pieces
  • formed in to windrows (piles/rows of organic/biodegradable material)
  • windrows are turned over a period of 10 to 14 weeks to speed up the composting process
  • screened for contamination
  • separated into different sizes
  • used for land remediation, landscaping, sold in garden centres

More information

Do you have more garden waste than one bin can handle?

You can sign up to a new chargeable Green waste service for the collection of additional green bins from your domestic premise - Please note the chargeable green waste service has also been suspended along with the regular green waste collections.


Last updated: 13 August 2020 13:09:36