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Bins and recycling

Walsall Council announces free garden waste kerbside collection for 2024 growing season

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Walsall Council is pleased to announce that garden waste kerbside collection (brown bin) will remain free of charge and will run from 1 April 2024 to 25 October 2024. This service is particularly beneficial during the main growing season for all avid gardeners.

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“ We are proud to provide this service free of charge, distinguishing ourselves from other local councils that often impose fees, some as high as £150 annually. However, in order to sustain this initiative, we urge residents to be vigilant in avoiding contamination of their brown bins, as this cooperation is integral to maintaining the integrity of our cost-free service. By collecting garden waste and composting it into a valuable soil conditioner, we're not only supporting residents in maintaining their gardens but also contributing to environmental sustainability. “

Councillor Kerry Murphy
Portfolio Holder for Street Pride at Walsall Council

Garden waste collected at the kerbside undergoes a transformative process at composting sites, where it is converted into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This soil conditioner enhances soil structure and increases nutrient levels, making it ideal for agricultural use, land reclamation, and as an ingredient in some multipurpose composts available at garden centres.

Residents are encouraged to use their brown bins for the following garden waste items:

  • Flowers and plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Tree clippings
  • Leaves

Contaminated household waste costs the council around £400k every year. It's important that residents ensure that they dispose of their waste correctly. Garden waste should be placed loose inside the brown bin and should not include items such as pots, bags, containers, kitchen and food waste, or cat litter and animal bedding.

For more information on garden waste collection guidelines and schedules, please visit:


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