We can collect your garden waste from your home (using a green bin) every fortnight between April and November. We will then recycle your garden waste including grass cuttings, hedge and plant clippings, leaves and prunings.
The sign up period for this year's green bin service has now ended, however, you can contact our contractor Veolia to register your interest for the 2020 service.
What can go in your green bin
The following can go in:
- grass mowings
- hedge and plant clippings
- small branches
- weeds and cut flowers
- chipped bark
You should not put the following in:
- food waste
- household waste
- Japanese Knotweed
- plant pots and garden gnomes
- plastic bags and packaging
- soil, stones, rubble and sawdust
- waste from professional gardeners
- pond weeds and residues
- large branches
Putting any of these in your green bin may mean it will not be collected.
Bonfires and burning garden waste
If you are thinking of having a bonfire or burning your garden waste make sure you read about smoke nuisance laws first.
Take garden waste to a recycling centre
You can take your garden waste for free to any of the 5 household waste recycling centres located across the city.
What happens to your garden waste
Garden waste is turned into a soil conditioner or compost and is then used by commercial landscapers and local authorities.
Here is how we do it:
- garden waste is shredded
- the shredded garden waste is put into large piles
- the garden waste generates heat as it breaks down into compost. This process kills any unwanted bacteria
- the piles are then turned regularly to help bring air into the composting process
- after around 12 weeks the compost is ready to be used as a soil conditioner
Disposal of pesticides
Take pesticides to Blackstock Road Household Waste Recycling Centre. This facility is open to residents of Sheffield only. Anyone taking such items to Blackstock should contact a site attendant on site on their arrival for assistance.
Compost bins for garden and kitchen waste
Recycle garden and kitchen waste, like vegetable and fruit peelings, tea bags and egg shells, into compost for your garden using a home compost bin.