Recycling and composting in Wrexham

Green bins are for garden waste. You fill them up with grass cuttings and so on…and then we turn it into lovely compost.

Sounds simple, right? But you’d be amazed at some of the weird and random objects our recycling teams find on green bin-collection day.

Try barbecue gas bottles for starters. It probably goes without saying that metal gas containers don’t make great compost, but we’ve found them.


We’ve also found plastic garden chairs. Again, not great composting material (you won’t see Monty Don feeding his tomatoes with shredded PVuC).

Other weird finds include fencing, bricks and concrete. All of these things are big no-no’s and if we spot them, we won’t empty that bin – we just can’t compost that stuff.

But the good news is…

Most Wrexham residents do a great job of filling their green bins, and last year you helped us produce 6,800 tonnes of compost (and our total recycling figure was a whopping 68% of household waste).

But we have to admit it’s easy to sometimes make a genuine mistake, so here’s a quick reminder of what you should and shouldn’t put in your green bin.

Yes please…

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge and shrub prunings
  • Dead flowers
  • Weeds

No thanks…

  • Soil
  • Wood
  • Bricks
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Pet and animal faeces
  • Any type of cardboard

Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment, said: “When it comes to recycling and composting, people in Wrexham do an amazing job.

“It’s true we find some unusual items! But most people do a smashing job, and I’d like to thank everyone who puts their garden waste in their green bin.”

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