Green wheeled bin
We can provide you with one 240 litre green wheeled bin. This bin is collected fortnightly on the opposite week to your grey bin. and should be left at the boundary of your property by 6:45am on the day of collection.
What should go in your green bin?
'If in doubt, leave it out' - We are asking residents to please only place the correct items in the green wheeled bin. The green bin can be used for:
- All food waste - including cooked and uncooked food scraps, peelings/bones, meat, fish, dairy, bread, fruit, vegetables, tea bags, coffee grounds and egg shells. This can be wrapped in newspaper or placed in a compostable cornstarch bag. How do you know a bag is compostable?
- Garden waste - including grass/hedge cuttings, leaves, twigs, small branches, flowers, woody prunings, weeds, straw/hay (including small animal bedding).
- Simple, natural cardboard - including brown corrugated cardboard (no sellotape, parcel tape or adhesives), toilet roll/kitchen roll tubes, cereal packets, cardboard egg boxes (with non-compostable labels removed), tissues and paper towels.
You can view our Recycling compostable materials leaflet (PDF 744 KB) for details on what can and cannot be placed in the green wheeled bin.
At the moment there is a problem with the amount of plastic being discovered in the green wheeled bins. This is called contamination. Read the full list of what cannot be placed in your green wheeled bin.
The contents of the green wheeled bin are sent away for composting. Find out what happens to your green waste once it has been collected.
How do you wrap food waste for the green wheeled bin?
Please wrap your food waste in newspapers or cardboard. Alternatively you can buy small composting bags for the kitchen kaddy for £2.25 (roll of 25 bags) from Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre, Berkhamstead Civic Centre and Victoria Hall, Tring. Larger compostable waste sacks are also available for purchase for £5.50 for a roll of 25 bags (reduced price for Dacorum Card holders).
You can also purchase the 10 litre kitchen kaddy compostable bags online from the Bin Company's website.
Please do not use any other branded biodegradable or compostable bags in the green bin as they may not be suitable for the composting process. How do you know a bag is compostable?
You now have the option of putting your food waste in either the grey or green wheeled bin, especially if you are concerned about odours and flies during the summer months. Please note that anything you put in the grey wheeled bin will be sent to landfill and not recycled or composted.
Every household in the borough is entitled to one free kitchen kaddy if you have not already received one. The kaddy will help you to separate food waste in the kitchen. It can then be emptied into the green wheeled bin for collection. To request a free kitchen kaddy, call 01442 228000 and ask for 'Waste Services' (limited stock available).
My green bin is too big or too small
If your green bin is too big, you can request a smaller 140 litre green wheeled bin, however stocks are limited and they will not be replenished.
Excess green waste can also be collected if presented in a compostable bag purchased from the Council or in a cardboard box placed next to the green bin.
To request to exchange your 240 litre green bin for 140 litre green bin, please phone 01442 228000 and ask for 'Waste Services (limited stock available).