Garden waste 

Reminder:  Cardboard is not accepted in the garden waste brown bin. Putting cardboard into your garden waste bin contaminates it and may lead to the rejection of the load and your bin not being emptied. Only households who do not currently receive a brown box and food caddy can continue to put cardboard into the brown garden waste bin as this will be hand sorted.  

Your brown bin has been provided to allow you to recycle your garden waste. Brown bins are collected every fortnight on your normal collection day from March through November.  Find your waste collection day.  

Things to put in your Brown Bin 

Yes Please:

  • Flowers & Plants
  • Garden Prunings
  • Garden Weeds
  • Grass Clippings
  • Hedge Trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Wood Shavings 
  • Christmas Trees - cut up and placed fully inside the bin with the lid closed

No Thanks:

  • Building Wood
  • Fencing
  • Glass or Metal
  • Nappies
  • Carpets
  • Plant Pots
  • Plastics of any kind
  • Mixed Household Waste
  • Cardboard (after the brown box arrives)
  • Paint Cans - 
    Please do not place tins containing liquid paint into grey bins, try to use the paint prior to recycling at your local HWRC. Alternatively you can buy a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry (please pierce the dried paint before taking it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre to make sure it's fully hardened)

Please note: do not put any plastic items or bags in your brown bin this includes plastic plant pots, hoses, rope, plastic packaging or sacks of mixed waste, glass bottles, duvets, toilet seats or carpeting. 

These items contaminate the materials sent for composting. If the collection crew finds any of the above contents in your brown bin, the bin will not be emptied until all contamination is removed.   

Brown bin contamination checks

Routine checks are carried out on presented brown bins for contamination. The checks are carried out to reduce contamination in the brown garden bins as contaminated bins can contaminate the entire load which can then cost Stirling Council up to £1000 to landfill. If contamination is found the contaminator can be fined £200 under the Environmental Protection Act.

Brown bin material is composted into Castle Compost which is available free of charge at the three HWRC.

Difficulty in putting bins out

Householders who find it difficult to put their wheelie bins or recycling boxes out for collection may request an assisted collection, also known as a pull out service.  If eligible, collection crews collect bins and boxes from the property and return them after emptying.

What happens to my green waste once it is collected?

After your garden waste is collected it is taken to a central facility at Lower Polmaise for composting. This results in the quality controlled, PAS100 certified Castle Compost.  Castle Compost is available free of charge to residents at all three Household Waste Recycling Centres.  It is an excellent soil amendment for use in landscaping and garden projects.

The transformation from garden waste in the bin to high quality compost is important because if garden waste is put into landfill it produces the greenhouse gas methane while it decomposes. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Additionally, rotting garden waste in landfill produces a liquid that moves over and around the other substances in the landfill creating a toxic liquid known as leachate.  If this leachate is not properly controlled it can pollute the environment. Composting controls the decomposition of the green waste, creating a valuable product at the same time.

Compost at home?

From an environmental perspective, the very best thing you can do with your garden waste is to compost it at home.  This saves money and prevents pollution that would otherwise be created by transporting garden waste from your home to Lower Polmaise.  The process also results in compost you can use to enrich the soil in your garden or add under shrubs as a water conserving mulch.  

Stirling Council residents can pick up a free home composter from Lower Polmaise, Callander HWRC and Balfron HWRC.  Further advice can be found on the Home Composting page. 

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