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.

Why have you postponed green bin collections?

We are collecting more waste and recycling – the same amount we do every Christmas. So our black and blue bin collection services are working flat out to deal with it and we are doing. This has only been made possible by temporarily suspending green bin collections which are not part of an essential service, as the government has given ‘green waste’ the lowest priority of all the services. To complicate things further, we do not have as many crews out collecting – this is simply due to physical distancing rules or staff self-isolating when showing any coronavirus symptoms. We have as many crews out as we can.

Why can’t you alternate between blue and green collections?

To put it simply – it doesn’t work like that. The recycling vehicles are split body (70% dry and 30% glass compartments). They are not the same type of wagon and designed for different collections – it is not one size or in this case function, fits all. If that was a solution, then we would have already put that in place, but it is not. Again, the government has given ‘green waste’ the lowest priority of all the services, so we’re concentrating on blue bins for now until the pressures of the situation we are in start to ease.

So will I get a refund on my council tax if you’re not collecting my green bin?

Garden waste collections are not a statutory service, so technically green bin collections are actually provided at no direct charge to Doncaster residents. Many other local authorities charge extra for the collection of any garden waste. We are aware that some other councils are still collecting green bins, but of the (estimated) 40% of local authorities still collecting them, a large portion are due to it being a PAID service (and therefore need less staff & vehicles).

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: 18 May 2020 15:54:31