Garden Waste

What can be recycled in green waste?

Green bins or re-useable garden waste sacks are for your compostable garden waste. This includes:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Shrub cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Dead plants
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Weeds (there are some weeds we can't take, see below)

Local authorities have different recycling requirements, so please check what bins/sacks are used in your area as using the incorrect containers/bags may result in your green waste not being collected.  


Vale of Glamorgan

What can't go in?

Do not use your green bin or garden waste sacks for:

  • Shredded paper
  • Cardboard (of any type)
  • Garden items e.g. hosepipes, watering cans, garden furniture, garden toys and ornaments
  • Pet waste, litter or bedding
  • Food waste
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic bags
  • Rubble or construction debris
  • Ash
  • Plant pots
  • Harmful weeds – ragwort, spear thistle, curled dock, broad leaf dock and Japanese knotweed
  • Wood e.g. shed panels, decking, fencing and trellises
  • Lawnmowers or other garden electrical equipment
  • Animal remains or faeces
  • Asbestos

When is my green waste collected?

Green garden waste bins or reusable garden waste sacks collection runs from 6am to 10pm. In preparation for their collection, please ensure your sack/bin is on the pavement before 6.00 am on the day of collection, but no earlier than 4.30pm the day before.

Please check with your local authority when green waste is collected. There is a reduction of collections or a request only service during the winter months. For additional information, please check with your local authority on the links below.


Vale of Glamorgan