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.

Green bin collections temporarily suspended from Monday 26 July due to Covid isolations

Regrettably a decision has been made to temporarily suspend green bin (garden waste) collections from Monday 26 July to focus resources on maintaining its statutory refuse and recycling collection services.

Doncaster Council’s waste and recycling contractor, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, has a significant number of staff who have tested positive for Covid-19 or are self-isolating due to the Government’s isolation rules.

As there is a national shortage of HGV drivers, agency workers are not available to help out. Therefore the decision has been made to focus resources on maintaining refuse and recycling services.

Cllr Mark Houlbrook, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Waste, said: “The safety of staff members and the general public must take priority.

“It is balancing act to safeguard everyone’s safety against the risks of Covid-19 and making sure the bins are collected. However, as we have fewer staff members, this will mean that black and blue (recycling) bin collections will be prioritised.

“We hope that the staff members affected make a full and speedy recovery. Suez and Doncaster will be frequently monitoring the situation and will regularly update residents. We ask for the public’s patience at this time.”

Subject to the availability of crews, we will continue to collect the green bins scheduled for the remainder of this week (20-23 July), however residents should be aware that this may take several weeks and green bins should be left out for collection.

Any collections due to be made from Monday 26 July will not be collected until the service resumes. Both the council and SUEZ will be monitoring the situation closely and will re-start the green bin collections as soon as possible.


What can you recycle in your green bin?

Yes please

  • grass cuttings
  • plants and weeds but not invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Ragwort

prunings and twigs

  • leaves
  • hedge clippings
  • old or dead houseplants

No thanks

  • any kind of cooked or uncooked food waste 
  • 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/compostable
  • treated wood
  • stones and gravel
  • soil and turf  - a little soil on the roots of plants is acceptable. (we will accept limited amounts of soil and turf at Household Waste and Recycling Centres)
  • polystyrene trays and containers
  • frozen food cartons
  • cardboard cartons
  • plastic bottles
  • food cartons (Tetra packs)
  • pet bedding and waste
  • vacuum cleaner content

Please note we only accept limited quantities of soil at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Please consider hiring a skip or use a licenced waste removal contractor. For information on the restrictions in place see the download below:

Construction and Demolition Wastes Guidance
Download (14KB - DOCX)


When is my collection?

Green bins are collected every two weeks between March and November.  You can check when your collection day is using the paper calendar that is delivered annually or by using the interactive calendar by clicking on the button below:

For updates and information on collections during periods of bad weather follow Doncaster Council on Facebook and Twitter

What should I do so my green bin is collected?

  • put you bin out to the edge of your property by 7am on your collection day and take it back in when emptied
  • all waste must be presented inside your green bin
  • please ensure the lid is firmly closed

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

If your bin has not been emptied by 5pm collection day, you can report a missed collection online by clicking on the button below:

Assisted collection

We can help with collections if you are unable to take your bin or box to the kerbside because of disability or ill health through our 'pull out service'. More information can be found by clicking the button below:


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 may result in the bin not being emptied.

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.


Last updated: 19 July 2021 13:18:04