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Garden Waste Permit

From 1 October 2023 Glasgow City Council will charge for the collection of garden waste in your brown bin.  The decision to charge for the collection of domestic garden waste was taken at the Council's annual budget meeting for 2023 to 2024 on Thursday 16 February 2023 (you can view the committee papers here).

We recommend eligible householders sign up early, using the online form.  Permits will be provided within 21 days of a resident purchasing the permit.

Permits are valid until 30 September 2024.

If you are eligible for a brown bin, but don't have one you can order one using our online form.

Order a Permit

A permit can be ordered by completing the online form.  You will require the address details for the property you are ordering a permit for, and the card details you will use to make the payment.

Terms and Conditions

View our full terms and conditions are available pdf icon here [301kb].

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here.

Brown Bin Recycling Dos and Don'ts

The brown bin is for the collection of garden and food waste only.  A list of the of the materials accepted and not accepted within the brown bin is noted below.

Garden Waste
Accepted (Target Items)Not Accepted (Non-target Items)
Grass cuttingGeneral waste
Hedge clippingsPlastic bags
Twigs and branesNappies
Weeds, with soil shaken offSoil, bricks, rubble
Flowers and plantsAnimal waste, bedding
Leaves 
Food Waste
Accepted (Target Items)Not Accepted (Non-target Items)
Dairy productsPlastic bags
Meat and bonesOils
FruitLiquids
VegetablesFood Packaging
Bread, cakes and pastries 
Rice and pasta 
Fish 
Tea bags and coffee grounds 

The contents of the brown bin are taken to a re-processor for treatment which produces a range of compost products.  Any non-target items placed within the brown bin negatively impacts the quality of the compost produced and may lead to collected material being rejected by the re-processor. 

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