This year’s fortnightly brown bin collections will start in Leeds from 1 April and continue until December.

Leeds City Council delivers the largest garden waste collection service by any council in the UK, last year collecting 33,000 tonnes of garden waste from 220,000 households across the city.

Leeds continues to be one of few councils to provide the service for free.

Brown bin collections are intended to help divert garden waste away from black bins and assist those homes with gardens that produce enough garden waste to justify a fortnightly collection. The garden waste is then composted locally and used in farming, horticulture and land restoration projects around the city.

The service complements other environmentally beneficial ways to use or dispose of garden waste. These include leaving grass cuttings on your lawn, reusing garden waste by composting or creating piles for insects, birds and other local wildlife, which will help both the eco-system and the garden itself.

To further help residents with composting, the council is working in partnership with Great Green Systems to offer an exclusive discount to residents on a range of composters, find out more at

Excess garden waste can be disposed of for free, at all eight of the council’s household waste recycling centres which are open seven days a week, no booking required. Residents can find their closest centre at

Residents can find out when their first brown bin collection date is by downloading the Leeds Bin App or by checking online at

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