Brown bin collections operate from the beginning of April to the end of November 2017.

This service is for households in Sunderland with brown bins, making it easier to dispose of garden waste, which will be recycled by turning it into mulch or soil conditioner.

Your garden waste brown bin will be emptied the same day as your green household waste bin. 

If your bins are emptied on a week one schedule, your garden waste collections will start week commencing 3 April 2017 with final collections taking place week commencing 13 November 2017.

If your bins are emptied on a week two schedule, your garden waste collections will start week commencing 10 April 2017 with final collections taking place week commencing 20 November 2017.

Find out if you are on a week one or week two schedule

If you would like to subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection service, you can sign up here.

It will take three working days to add your address details to the garden waste collection route for your area.

Fees and charges

There is an annual charge to provide fortnightly garden waste bin collections between April and November 2017

The price is £27.50 per year to have your first bin emptied, and an additional £17.50 per year per bin for any additional bins (up to a maximum of four).

Garden waste bin charges
 Cost of new bin*Annual collection charge
First binFree£27.50
Second bin£25*£17.50
Third bin£25*£17.50
Fourth bin£25*£17.50

*This is a service charge for the delivery of the bin. Bins cannot be collected in person.

How to sign up

You can sign up to the Garden Waste collection service by completing our online application form here.

pdf icon Garden Waste Frequently Asked Questions [35kb]

pdf icon Garden Waste Terms and Conditions [15kb]

Look after your bin

An additional charge of £25 applies for replacing your garden waste bin if you lose it or want a new one.

Make sure your bin is only left out for the collection day and brought back in after it has been emptied. This charge will cover the costs of providing new bins, but won't apply if your bin is reported as stolen (with a police crime number), burned out or damaged during normal use.

Yes please (loose and not in bags):

  • Grass cuttings
  • Weeds and dead plants
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Hedge clippings
  • Cut flowers and houseplants
  • Shrub pruning's
  • Leaves

No thanks:

  • Food waste including meat, fish, fruit, salad and vegetables
  • Plastic or plastic packaging (do not put garden waste in bags)
  • Any packaging
  • Vegetable peelings and egg shells
  • Tea bags or coffee grinds
  • Large items of garden waste, for example tree trunks
  • Soil and rubble

Other ways to dispose of garden waste

Large items of garden waste, timber and rubble

These can be disposed of in the separate containers provided at our Household Waste Reception and Recycling Centres at Beach Street, Sunderland.

Alternatively, it can be disposed of through our bulky waste collection service.


Garden waste and some household material can be recycled at home through a home composting bin.

Household waste bin

You can place small amounts of garden waste in your household waste bin.

Do not overload the bin - overloaded and heavy rubbish or recycling bins will not be emptied.

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