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Green general waste bin

green bin

In Bracknell Forest, green bins are for general waste - not for food, recycling or garden waste. 

They are collected every 3 weeks.

Use our bin collection day finder to find what day your collection is. 


If you live in a flat, your general waste bin could be green or red. For more information visit bin collection for flats.

What goes in your green bin

Table showing what can and cannot go into green general waste bin.

Yes, please

No, thank you

broken toys

any items you can recycle or compost

coffee pods (empty)

builders rubble or soil

disposable nappies (bagged)

car parts

food pouches (empty)

corrosive or hazardous materials such as pesticides, oil and paint

pet waste (bagged)

electrical, electronic equipment and batteries


food waste

plastics which are black – such as biscuit or chocolate box liners

fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs

plastic film

garden waste

any other general waste which you can't recycle or compost

hot ashes

Please make sure the lid is completely shut.

We cannot collect extra waste - please don't leave any extra waste items or rubbish bags next to your bin.

Green bin collections are every 3 weeks

Green bin collections used to be every 2 weeks and now they are every 3 weeks.  

This is to maximise the performance of our new food waste collections and offset the cost of introducing the new service.

To add food waste collections without changing the green bin collections, it would cost Bracknell Forest taxpayers around £2.29 million over the next 7 years.

Pet waste

Make sure that pet waste is bagged before you put it in your green bin and then keep the lid shut. This will reduce the risk of maggots and bad smells.


Make sure that disposable nappies are bagged before you put them in your green bin and then keep the lid shut.

Please consider tipping poo from disposable nappies into the toilet before you bag them. This is something that people who use reusable nappies already do - and think about whether you could go even further and switch to reusable nappies

Green bin capacity

Capacity of green general waste bin
Recent waste surveys have shown that:
  • food waste accounts for 43% of waste in green general waste bins
  • around 20% of waste that goes in green general waste bins could be recycled, either in the blue recycling bin or using a recycling bank

By recycling food waste and all other recyclable materials, you should see a noticeable reduction in the volume of waste in your green bin. This means that 3 weekly collections of the green bin will be suitable.

In February 2019 and October 2020 a waste analysis was done to see the average contents of a green general waste bin. 

The results are shown in the table below. 

Table showing waste analysis to see the average contents of a green general waste bin. 


February 2019

October 2020


green bin general waste items




recyclables for the blue bin








recyclables for recycling sites (such as glass)




garden waste




total recyclables that are currently going in the green general waste bin




total recyclables from March with the introduction of food waste recycling




These figures show a high amount of recyclables in green general waste bins. This has become worse in the latest analysis.

The analysis is by weight. Because food is heavy it accounts for almost half of the bin at 43%. If you take a look in your bin it may not look half full of food - but by weight it is.

The table shows that 8% of the bin weight is blue bin recyclables. A lot of this is plastic which may be light. As a percentage in weight it does not look high, but by volume these recyclables take up a lot of space in the bin.

Help us recycle better

This video shows items that are currently being thrown away in green general waste bins.

Please help us by putting recyclables in blue bins and food waste in food caddies. 

Reduce your waste

For tips on how to reduce your waste, visit our reduce your waste page