Bins and recycling
Collections during the festive period
Your regular collection day may change over the Christmas and New Year period. Check your collection dates on our postcode look-up. You can also recycle your Christmas tree at your nearest drop off point from 3rd to 31st January 2023.
Composting is a great alternative to using your green and purple bins. Find out how to compost at home, join or set up a local community composting scheme.
Composting helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to an incinerator and, as a result, decreases CO2 emissions. It's also an easy way to transform kitchen and garden waste into valuable, nutrient-rich food for your garden.
Buy a home compost a bin
Why not try composting at home? As part of Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership, we have teamed up with gettcomposting.com to provide Liverpool residents with exclusive offers on home compost bins and other green products. Order your compost bin via www.getcomposting.com
Once you've got your bin, you'll need some advice on setting it up and how to get started.
- Recycle Now has a comprehensive guide on how to set up your bin.
- The Royal Horticultural Society provides information on when and how to compost.
Community composting schemes
Community composting schemes are popping up across the city. Residents and community groups manage these schemes which help to support the city’s climate emergency response.
Composting schemes in Liverpool you can get involved with include Compost Works and those managed by some of the Liverpool Parks Friends Groups. If there is interest in your area, why not visit one of these schemes for inspiration?
Please be aware that local composting schemes must apply for a T23 exemption certificate. For more information on how to apply see the environment agency’s guidance on GOV.UK.
What can go in a compost bin?
- Tea bags
- Grass cuttings
- Vegetable peelings, salad leaves and fruit scraps
- Old flowers and nettles
- Coffee grounds and filter paper
- Spent bedding plants
- Rhubarb leaves
- Young annual weeds such as chickweed
- Crushed egg shells
- Egg and cereal boxes
- Corrugated cardboard and paper scrunched up
- Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
- Garden prunings
- Twigs and hedge clippings
- Straw and hay
- Bedding from vegetarian pets
- Ashes from wood, paper and lumpwood charcoal
- Sawdust and wood chippings
- Woody clippings
- Cotton threads and string made from natural fibre
- Vacuum bag contents
- Old natural fibre clothes cut into small pieces
- Tissues, paper towels and napkins
- Shredded confidential documents
- Corn cobs and stalks
What's not compostable?
- Cooked vegetables, meat and dairy products unless they have first been treated with a specialist kitchen composter
- Diseased plants
- Dog poo or cat litter, or baby's nappies