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
  • Real Christmas trees

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.

All garden waste should fit within the bin and be loose, not bagged.


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. The charge for 2020 for an additional brown bin is £20. This is a reduced annual fee because a full year of service cannot be provided.

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.


Frequently asked questions

  1. When is my brown bin collected?
  2. Will I get a new bin collection calendar posted to my property?
  3. Can I have a larger brown bin?
  4. Can I take my garden waste to the recycling centres?
  5. I live in a flat. Can I have brown bin?
  6. What happens to the material I put in my brown bin?
  7. Why has my brown bin not been collected?
  8. How many on-demand brown bin collections can I have?

When is my brown bin collected?

Please refer to your collection calendar because your brown bin collection day may have changed.

Month Collection frequency
March to November Every 4 weeks
December  2020 to March 2021 On demand service by Ward

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

No. The bin calendar is only available online. Please refer to your collection calendar on our website because your brown bin collection day may 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 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 506070 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.


How many on-demand brown bin collections can I have?

You can only request one collection every 4 weeks with the on-demand brown bin service. The on-demand brown bin service operates during December to March.