Garden waste

Home composting is one of the most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective ways of dealing with garden waste. Around one third of our waste can be easily composted at home – from garden clippings to cardboard, tea bags and paper. If you cannot compost at home, please use your nearest recycling centre. 

If you cannot do either of the above, we do offer a seasonal garden waste collection service. You will be provided with a 240 litre wheeled bin which will be emptied fortnightly. Collections this year start on the week commencing March 12 and will run until November 30. If you pay in full when you apply you will receive a 15% discount so you will pay £42 for the season, or you can pay in instalments by Direct Debit, this will cost a total of £49.42. Your garden waste bin must be placed at the same location as your rubbish/recycling. It must be put out before 6am on your collection day (and no earlier than 6pm the evening before).

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

All garden waste must be placed loose inside the bin (please do not use any bags). Any waste placed outside of the bin will NOT be collected.

Yes put it in... 

  • Hedge, tree & shrub cuttings; roots, grass cuttings & rakings; leaves; plants, flowers & weeds.

No leave it out...

  • Plastic bags, pots & trays; brick, rubble, soil & stone; fences, sheds & posts; food waste including peelings; tree stumps & branches over 4ins (10cm) diameter; animal bedding, litter & faeces; invasive weeds such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed & Himalayan balsam.

Your bin will NOT be emptied if it contains items that are not allowed. Regular contamination will be investigated and if it continues the service may cease.

Please do not overfill or compact the waste within the bin. If it is too heavy for our lorry to lift it will NOT be emptied.

Cancelling your garden waste service

Once collections have started for the garden waste service, there will be no refund if you leave part way through the season for any reason.

If you move within the county you can take your bin with you to your new address. Please let us know at least 10 working days before you are due to move so that we can make sure your bin gets emptied at your new address. If you move outside the county please contact us so that we can make arrangements to have your bin collected

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Page updated on: 11/10/2018