Garden waste

Garden waste can either be composted at home, collected from your home on an optional, paid-for basis or taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

A fortnightly garden waste collection subscription costs £50 per bin, per year. We collect garden waste in green wheelie bins or green sacks that are supplied by us. These should be placed at the nearest point of your property to the highway by 6.30am on your collection day. You can find the collection day for your area using our online calendar.

We provide subscribers with a 240L green bin, unless they receive blue bags for general household rubbish. In this case, we provide an annual supply of green bags. 

Waste should be loose in your bin or bags, not inside any plastic or paper bags or liners. If you use a bin, the lid should be shut flat. Any excess waste left on top or to the side of the bin will not be collected.

What should and shouldn't go in

Your garden waste is composted and recycled into environmentally-friendly soil improver. Here’s a quick guide to what should and shouldn’t go in your wheelie bin or sacks:

Yes please

No thanks

  • Flowers
  • Plants and shrubs
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Non-noxious weeds
  • Twigs and small branches (no larger than the width of your wrist)
  • Pond plants
  • Bedding of vegetarian pets (for example, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters)
  • Food waste including eggshells and peelings (this should go in your household rubbish)
  • Earth, soil, rubble, stones or hardcore
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Plastics sacks
  • Treated wood
  • Noxious weeds such as Japanese knotweed and rhododendron
  • Pet waste or bedding
  • Bedding or waste of carnivorous pets (for example, cats, dogs)

Missed collections

We will collect green wheelie bins or green sacks that meet the requirements stated above. If they don't, we will place a sticker on the bin or sack explaining why we have not collected it. If a bin or sack has not been collected when you believe it should have been, you should report a missed collection by 12 midnight on the working day that follows the missed collection.

Assisted collection

An assisted collection is available for people who are physically unable to take waste containers to the front of their property. If you already receive an assisted collection for your rubbish and recycling, this will automatically be applied to your garden waste collections.

Last updated: 01 May 2018. Was this information helpful?

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