Whether lockdown has turned you into a budding gardener or you’ve finally just decided to tackle that overgrown hedge at the back of your property, you’re going to need to know where to put all of your waste. You’re probably pretty sure that the brown bin is for garden waste, but what kind of garden waste? Can any other types of waste be put in there? We’re going to be tackling these questions today.

Green garden waste in a wheelbarrow in a back garden

Types of waste that go in the brown bin

If you live in Stoke-on-Trent, here are the different kinds of waste that you can put in the brown bin:


There you have it – an exhaustive list of all the items that you can put in the brown bin. As you can see, you are pretty safe putting all types of green waste and food waste in the brown bin, so no matter what sort of gardening you’re doing, you should be pretty safe.

Types of waste that can’t go in the brown bin

If you’ve taken a look at the list and realised some of the things you want to get rid of aren’t on there, then perhaps the work you are carrying out is a little closer to landscaping than general gardening. Here is a list of the items that you shouldn’t be putting in a brown bin:

If you are wanting to get rid of some of these larger items listed above, then the brown bin simply won’t cut it. Large logs and treated wood such as garden furniture can’t be shredded like twigs and small branches can, so you will have to use a different method. The same applies to concrete, stone and other solid forms of building waste.

Hire a skip!

If you want to get rid of large garden waste such as logs, bricks, rocks and garden furniture, then you are better off hiring a skip. When you choose a skip hire company like Brown Recycling, you will receive a drop-off and collection service to anywhere in Staffordshire, and we have an array of sizes too, so you will be able to find the right skip for your project.

Why can’t I put soil in the brown bin?

So, if you’ve read both lists, you could well be wondering why you can’t put soil in the brown bin. It’s not too hard like bricks or rocks, and it’s not too large like logs or garden furniture, so what’s the problem? Well the main issue is that large amounts of soil can make the bin extremely heavy and difficult to empty, which ultimately inhibits the composting process.


If you’re taking on a gardening or landscaping project and think you will have a large buildup of waste at the end, call Brown Recycling. We offer a wide variety of different skips and can drop them off anywhere in Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe or the surrounding areas. For more information, all you have to do is get in touch, or alternatively, you can book a skip online through our website.


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