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Guidance on bonfires

So what should I do with my waste?

We would prefer that garden waste is either composted or recycled as this is kinder to the environment.


Most garden and vegetable kitchen waste can be composted. Compost will produce a useful soil conditioner. Do not compost meat or other products of animal origin. Woody garden waste can be shredded before composting but please ensure if you are shedding that you do not cause a noise nuisance to your neighbours. Advice on composting is available from the following:

Domestic composting


You can recycle waste and uncooked vegetable peelings in your brown bin if you subscribe to the service. You are able to place leaves, twigs, pruning waste, grass cuttings, weeds and plants, cut flowers, plant and hedge trimmings and small branches under 10cm in diameter and 60cm in length in the brown bin. Unfortunately you are not able to dispose of soil, turf, compost, sand, stones or ash in the brown bin.

Further information on recycling and the Council's Brown Bin service can be found on the Bonfires webpage.

Last modified on 05 December 2023

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