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What to put in your green bin


  • Grass 
  • Leaves 
  • Weeds 
  • Flowers and plants 
  • Hedge trimmings 
  • Branches (not more than 10cm thick) 
  • Prunings and twigs 
  • Windfall fruit 


The following items are not accepted:

  • Food or kitchen waste (this includes potato peelings, cabbage leaves, carrot and parsnip tops, orange peelings and pea and bean pods)
  • Animal bedding
  • Cat or dog faeces 
  • Vacuum dust or fire cinders 
  • Soil, stones or rubble 
  • Wood that has been treated or painted 
  • Cardboard and Tetra packs (milk or juice cartons)- these can all go in your  blue recycling bin
  • Plastic flower pots, trays or bags 

If your bin contains items it shouldn't     

If your bin contains items it shouldn't we will leave a sticker on your bin explaining this, and will empty it on your next scheduled green waste collection as long as the items have been removed.

South Tyneside Council reserves the right to refuse to empty a bin if it contains the wrong materials (listed above), or it is deemed to be too heavy.

If you have extra garden waste

Depending on what type and how much extra waste you have, you can:

Please do not: 

  • overload your bin (our crews must be able to safely move the bin to the vehicle for emptying and it must also be lifted safely by the vehicle)
  • put bags of garden waste next to your bin

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