Brown bin waste

What to put in a brown bin, putting your bin out, text reminders, uncollected waste, tags, new or extra bins.

What can I put in my brown bin?

You must only place garden or food waste in your brown bin. Find out in detail what you can put in your brown bin:

Please note: we also provide free kitchen caddies that you can put a caddy liner in and use to temporarily store food waste in your home until you can put it in your brown bin.  Only use liners provided by the Council in your kitchen caddy.

Some packaging may say it is compostable, however it may not be compatible with our composting scheme. Please check what you can put in your kitchen caddy and 'if in doubt, leave it out'.

During January, we will take away your Christmas tree if you leave it beside your brown bin. Please make sure the tree is cut into lengths of 5 feet (1.5 metres) or less so that it will fit into the collection vehicle.

When and where should I put my brown bin out?

Find out more information about when and where to put your brown bin out on the bin collection dates page.

Can you remind me to put my brown bin out?

The free East Riding App

East Riding council has introduced a new bin collection app. It’s free to download.

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Further information can be found on the download the East Riding app page.

Why wasn’t my brown bin collected?

The most common reasons for a brown bin not being collected are: 

  • you didn’t put it out before 7am on your scheduled collection day
  • it wasn’t accessible to our crew
  • the lid wasn’t fully closed
  • there was a reason why we couldn’t accept your waste and a tag will have been attached to your bin explaining why
  • parked vehicles may have stopped our bin lorry reaching your property
  • it’s before 4.30pm on the day of collection - the bin crew may still come and collect your waste. 

If none of the above reasons apply, find out if we can come back and collect it for you.

We may be able to come back and collect your recycling waste if you meet certain conditions:

If your brown bin is full and you can’t wait for the next collection, you can:

  • bring garden waste to any  household waste recycling site (HWRS)to be composted. Food waste cannot be recycled at an HWRS, so please separate it from your garden waste and leave it in your brown bin for your next  scheduled collection
    Please note:
    for the health and safety of yourself and others you must not bring wheelie bins to a household waste and recycling site. 
  • book and pay for a bulky collection for your garden waste
    Please note: 
    we do not compost garden waste when we collect it as part of a bulky collection. 
  • compost garden waste and most food items at home.

Why is there a tag on my brown bin?

We’ll leave a tag on your bin if we haven’t been able to empty it because:

  • there was something in there we do not collect
  • it’s too heavy to tip into the bin lorry. 

The tag lists items that shouldn’t be in your brown bin. Remove any such items and place your bin out on your next collection date.

Find out what you can do with extra garden or food waste if you can’t wait this long. 

What happens to the waste I put in my brown bin?

All the waste you put in your brown bin is taken to an in-vessel composting (IVC) facility where it processed over time to become compost.

Each year we hold compost giveaways for East Riding residents.

What and when are household compost giveaways?

The first round of compost giveaways in 2022 was held in May. There is a second set of giveaways being held in September 2022. Dates and venues are below

Compost giveaways September 2022 
 Venue  Date  Time
Preston, Holderness Academy and Sixth Form College, Station Road, HU12 8UZ Tuesday 6 September   From 4.30pm
Hornsea, Broadway Car Park, HU18 1PZ  Thursday 8 September  From 4pm
 Carnaby, Council depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Lancaster Road, YO15 3QY  Saturday 10 September  From 10am
 Pocklington, Wolds Gliding Club, Hodsow Lane, YO42 1NP  Monday 12 September  From 4pm
 Goole, West Park, DN14 6UU  Tuesday 13 September  From 4pm
 Withernsea, Pavilion Car Park, Station Road, HU19 2QA  Wednesday 14 September  From 4pm
 Brough/Elloughton, Brantingham Park, Brantingham Road, HU15 1HX  Friday 16 September  From 4pm
 Beverley, Council depot, Annie Reed Road, off Grovehill Road and Beck View Road,
HU17 0LF
 Saturday 17 September  From 10am
 Driffield, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, YO25 9DN  Thursday 22 September  From 4pm

Two bags of compost will be given per vehicle. Please do not queue at the venues beforehand or you may be turned away for safety reasons.

Video also available

A video from the 2022 compost giveaway filmed at Driffield Showground:

Are there any other ways to reduce food waste?

Find out more about how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste and how it can help save money.

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