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Garden waste collections are now a subscription service.

If you would like to have your garden waste collected, you need to subscribe and pay £35 a year.

The £35 charge will cover 20 collections from late March to December 2023. You can check your garden waste collection dates when you have subscribed to the garden waste collection service.

If you only have a small amount of garden waste why not try composting at home?

Sign up and subscribe for £35 a year

if you are already subscribed please use the bin day finder to check when your garden waste will be collected.

What to put in your garden waste bin

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge and shrub clippings
  • plants and weeds
  • leaves, twigs and bark
  • cut flowers
  • windfalls

What not to put in (these items won't be collected)

  • soil, pot plant compost, turf, ash or garden chemicals
  • plastic (including plastic bags, bin liners, carrier bags or plant pots)
  • food or kitchen waste (including raw or cooked food)
  • stones or rubble
  • DIY rubbish, timber or sawdust
  • animal waste or bedding
  • metal or glass.

We can't empty your garden waste bin if it:

  • contains items that can’t be composted
  • contains any bags - garden waste must be loose and not in bags
  • is too full for the lid to close
  • is too heavy to empty safely.

If you have large amounts of heavy garden waste, you can split it over several garden waste collections, take it to the tip (also known as the household recycling centre) or alternatively it can be composted at home.

Alternatively, you can subscribe for multiple garden waste collections. If you already have additional garden waste bins please indicate the number that you want to pay for when you

Sign up and subscribe for £35 a bin per year.

If you do not already have the extra bin please call the council call centre on 0121 368 1177 (weekdays 8am to 5pm).

What happens to your garden waste

Your garden waste is composted and turned into a soil conditioner called CARE compost, available at the Household Recycling Centre - £2 for a 40 litre bag. Payment is made using a meter – please bring two £1 coins. If you are visiting the tip to only purchase this, you do not need to book your visit.   If you are bringing rubbish or recycling to dispose of as well you need to book an appointment.

Please note that currently we do not have any CARE compost in stock. Once stock is available this webpage will be updated.

Got more questions about garden waste? 

Check out our frequently asked questions