The 4 weekly brown bin collection service will stop after Friday 01 December 2017.

From Monday 04 December 2017 the on-demand brown bin collection service will start and will run until the end of February 2018.

Please note each household is only entitled to one on-demand brown bin collection service every 4 weeks.

Festive period

The on-demand brown bin collection service will stop for the festive period on Friday 15 December 2017. The service will resume as normal on Monday 08 January 2018.

The following FAQs provide more information:

All brown bins must be presented for collection by 6:30am on your collection day.

You can view your recycling and waste collection schedule by entering your postcode. And you can also download the calendar to your smartphone to set reminders for bin collection dates or for printing out if needed.


How do I use my brown bin?

  1. Collect your garden waste as normal.
  2. We cannot take soil or stones, only place plant material in your brown bin.
  3. Twigs and small branches should be cut to lengths that fit in your brown bin.
  4. Place these materials in your brown bin.
  5. Place brown bin at the kerbside on your collection day.

Your bins must be at the kerbside or agreed collection point by 6:30am on the morning of your collection day.

What can I put in my brown bin?

Yes please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Weeds
  • Flowers and plants
  • Leaves
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Prunings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Windfall fruit

No thanks

It is important you do not put the wrong materials into your brown bin. Any material that cannot go in your brown bin can be taken to one of our recycling centres.


Additional brown bins

Every household is only entitled to one free brown bin for garden waste.

Residents have the option to pay for an additional brown bin. There will be a charge of £50 per additional brown bin, per year.

Households who pay for an additional bin will be issued with a sticker to put on the front of the brown bin. The collection crews will have up-to-date information detailing which households have subscribed to the service and will only collect from those who have paid.

The additional brown bin will be collected on your normal scheduled brown bin date as per your collection calendar.

How to request an additional brown bin

We are currently requesting households to register their interest in receiving an additional brown bin.


Frequently asked questions

  1. Why are you making changes to the brown bin collection service?
  2. When is my brown bin collected?
  3. Will I get a new bin collection calendar posted to my property?
  4. Can I have an extra brown bin?
  5. How do I request an additional brown bin?
  6. How often will my additional brown bin get collected?
  7. What do I do if don’t want to keep my additional brown bin?
  8. What happens after I have paid for the additional brown bin?
  9. What happens if my additional brown bin has gone missing or been damaged?
  10. Can I have a larger brown bin?
  11. Can I take my garden waste to the recycling centres?
  12. I live in a flat. Can I have brown bin?
  13. What happens to the material I put in my brown bin?
  14. Why has my brown bin not been collected?
  15. When will my winter on-demand brown bin collection take place?
  16. How do I request a winter on-demand brown bin collection?

Why are you making changes to the brown bin collection service?

We have a duty to collect your recycling and waste, but not your garden waste. Due to a change in our budget it was agreed on 22 February 2017 to make changes to the brown bin collection service:

These changes included:

Month Collection frequency
April to September Every 2 weeks
October to November Every 4 weeks
December to February On demand service by Ward
March Every 4 weeks

Please refer to your collection calendar on our website because your brown bin collection day will have changed.


When is my brown bin collected?

The vast majority of households will have their brown bin collected the opposite fortnight from their green bin collection.

Please refer to your collection calendar on our website because your brown bin collection day will have changed.

Month Collection frequency
April to September Every 2 weeks
October to November Every 4 weeks
December to February On demand service by Ward
March Every 4 weeks

Will I get a new bin collection calendar posted to my property?

No. The new bin calendar is only available online. Please refer to your collection calendar on our website because your brown bin collection day will have changed. All other bin, box and caddy collection dates remain the same.

Residents can also download their bin calendars to their mobile devices.


Can I have an extra brown bin?

There is a limit of one free brown bin per household.

Residents can request an additional brown bin. An annual charge of £50 applies to each additional brown bin per year.

You can take extra garden waste to one of our recycling centres or home compost it.


How do I request an additional brown bin?

Please request an additional brown bin online or phone the Recycling Helpline on 01324 504444


How often will my additional brown bin get collected?

For your £50 you will receive the following service:

  • Your additional brown bin will be collected along with your scheduled free brown bin as per your collection calendar

What do I do if don’t want to keep my additional brown bin?

If you currently have an additional brown bin at your property and do not wish to keep it please phone the recycling Helpline on 01324 504444 or email contact.centre@falkirk.gov.uk to arrange an additional brown bin removal. 

If you change your mind and require an additional brown bin there will be an annual charge of £50 per year and per bin.


What happens after I have paid for the additional brown bin?

Once your payment has cleared, you will receive a sticker (and a brown bin if you don't already have one) within ten working days, which must be placed on the front of your additional brown bin.

Collection crews will not empty any additional brown bins, unless they are displaying a current sticker.


What happens if my additional brown bin has gone missing or been damaged?

Please contact us on 01324 504444 or email contact.centre@falkirk.gov.uk.


Can I have a larger brown bin?

No. We only provide one size of brown bin. This is 240 litres in capacity.


Can I take my garden waste to the recycling centres?

Yes. If you bring your garden waste in a plastic bag or sack, please only put the garden waste in the container. You can reuse the bag or put it in the non-recyclable waste container at the recycling centre.


I live in a flat. Can I have brown bin?

Brown bins are available to flats with gardens. 

If you would like to recycle your garden waste, please contact us on 01324 504444 or email contact.centre@falkirk.gov.uk.


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

Your brown bin material is taken to Kinneil Kerse Recycling Centre where it is composted. 

The compost can be used as a soil improver and is free for householders in the Falkirk Council area to collect from either of our recycling centres.


Why has my brown bin not been collected?

If your brown bin contains the wrong material, we will advise you by placing a sticker on the bin. 

It will not be uplifted.

 Any wrong material must be removed and placed in the correct container; the bin can then be presented again on the next scheduled collection day.


When will my winter on-demand brown bin collection take place?

Each area has an allocated collection day for the winter on-demand service.

All winter on-demand brown bin collections must be requested no later than 12:30pm the day before your area's allocated collection day.

Please request your on-demand collection a few days before the scheduled collection day for your area and ensure your bin is presented from 6:30am on your collection day. 

Area Collection day
Ward 1
Bo'ness and Blackness*
Monday
Ward 2
Grangemouth and Skinflats*
Monday
Ward 3
Denny, Dunipace, Haggs, Longcroft, Banknock and Head of Muir
Friday
Ward 4
Stenhousemuir, Carronshore, Airth, Letham, Dunmore and South Alloa
Tuesday
Ward 5
Bonnybridge, High Bonnybridge, Greenhill, Larbert and Torwood Tuesday
Tuesday
Ward 6
Bainsford, Middlefield, Grahamston, Langlees and Carron
Wednesday
Ward 7
Camelon, Tamfourhill, Hallglen, Glen Village, Bantaskine, Woodlands, Princes Park and Lionthorn
Wednesday
Ward 8
Laurieston, Polmont, Redding, Westquarter, Redding and Brightons
Thursday
Ward 9
Maddiston, Slamannan, Whitecross, Rumford, California, Avonbridge, Standburn, Wallacestone and Shieldhill
Thursday

* If you live in Bo'ness, Blackness, Grangemouth or Skinflats please request your on-demand brown bin collection before 12:30pm on the Friday before your allocated collection day. Any requests logged after 12:30pm on Friday will be collected on Monday, the following week.


How do I request a winter on-demand brown bin collection?

Please note each household is only entitled to one on-demand brown bin collection service every 4 weeks. 

This can be requested via the Recycling Helpline on 01324 504444 or email wasteservices@falkirk.gov.uk.