What Can I Put In A Garden Waste Bin

What Can I Put In A Garden Waste Bin

While the answer to the question, ‘What Can I Put in a Garden Waste Bin?’ may seem obvious, it really does need explaining. Simply assuming that you can put all garden waste in a garden waste bin may cause issues with the hire company, resulting in your garden waste bin not being collected.

Garden waste bins offer one the best, more convenient solutions to garden waste removal and are becoming increasingly popular amongst our customers. Gardens with foliage, such as those with shrubs, trees, palms, etc., require regular trimming and maintenance, which produces a lot of garden waste. Often the amount of garden waste you end up with after a good garden clear-out is more than what can fit in a standard wheelie bin. Garden waste bins provide the perfect solution.

Garden waste bins make garden waste removal quick and effortless; however, each garden waste bin provider in Brisbane will likely differ in terms of what they classify as garden waste. Therefore, what they allow to be put in their garden waste bins. The same applies to 4 Waste Removals’ garden waste bins.

If you’re interested in hiring a garden waste bin in Brisbane from 4 Waste Removals, whether it be a garden skip bin, garden bag or large garden wheelie bin, one of the most critical factors is knowing what you can put into them. Today, we look at this in detail.

What is garden waste?

Essentially, garden waste is any waste produced by a garden. It’s often referred to as ‘green waste’ because garden waste refers to the greenery side of the garden, not soil, dirt, rocks, pebbles etc. Garden waste is often confused with organic waste. However, organic waste is different. It’s a broader categorisation comprising a mix of garden waste, food waste, and any other biodegradable material from either a plant or an animal. That said, some garden waste bin providers accept organic waste as garden waste.

The Queensland Government refers to green waste in their green waste factsheet as “Green waste refers to general garden waste such as plants, palm fronds, tree and lawn clippings.” And this is a good generalisation to follow.

What garden waste can you put in a garden waste bin?

As mentioned, what you can put in a garden waste bin in Brisbane will vary depending on the garden waste bin provider. The examples above may be defined as garden waste, but that doesn’t mean they are accepted in all garden waste bins, so knowing what to put in a garden waste bin is important.

We can’t speak for other garden waste bin hire companies in Brisbane, but here at 4 Waste Removals, we are very strict on what we accept in our garden waste bins because we care about the environment. Any contamination may mean we have to take your load to a landfill which it creates methane harmful to our environment, rather than being made into compost. We also ensure our garden skip bin customers accept our Skip Bin Hire Policy and that our garden bags and garden wheelie bin customers accept our Garden Bags & Garden Bins Policy.

Permitted in our garden skip bins:

  • Only 100% green waste;
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Branches
  • Palm fronds
  • Tree limbs
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Lawn clippings
  • Other garden waste
  • Tree stumps
  • Logs (must be no larger than 150mm in diameter)

Permitted in our garden bags, and garden wheelie bins:

Everything listed above EXCEPT tree stumps and logs. These are not permitted in any capacity.

Prohibited in our garden skip bins, garden bags, and garden wheelie bins:

We are even more strict on what cannot be put in our garden skip bins, garden bags, and garden wheelie bins.

  • Scrap metal
  • Animal waste
  • Non-organic Food
  • Rubbish
  • Plastic
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Rocks
  • Stones
  • Gravel
  • Garden mulch
  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Tree stumps or logs
  • Heavy branches & offcuts.
  • Anything else not listed in the Permitted list above

If your garden waste includes an item in our prohibited list, you may still be able to hire a skip bin for your garden waste removal needs. Check ‘What Can I Put in a Junk Skip Bin’ to see if our junk skip bins are suitable.


Garden waste bins are undoubtedly the most convenient and environmentally-friendly best solution to removing green waste; however, it’s essential to understand that not all garden waste is permitted. What you can place in a garden waste bin will vary from provider to provider. Therefore, checking their permitted and prohibited item list is essential to ensure your garden waste will be collected and not left on your property.

If you need a garden skip bin in Brisbane or a garden bag or garden wheelie bin, and your garden waste falls within our permitted list of items, we welcome you to contact 4 Waste Removals to discuss your hiring options. We’re one of the best green waste removal companies in the region and offer excellent value for money!

Read our blog post, ‘How Much Does Garden Waste Removal Cost‘, for more information or call our friendly team on 07 3343 3030 to hire a garden waste bin.

*Please Note: Prices mentioned in this article may not be accurite at the time of publishing or viewing and will not be honoured. For current pricing, always refer to the prices quoted when ordering.

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Green Waste Rules: No logs, stumps, palm Logs, whole trees, mulched trees, golden cane trunks, soil, or turf. Branches must be under 13cm diameter. All green waste must stay under the top rail of the Skip Bin, with nothing poking up.

General Waste Rules: No rocks, bricks, tiles, concrete, pavers, hard wood, paint, chemicals, tyres, carpet,mattress, soil, dirt, sand or hard fill. All general waste must stay under the top rail of the skip bin, with nothing poking up.