Garden waste

There are changes to bin collections and our waste services due to coronavirus. For the latest information visit our coronavirus bins page.

The fortnightly garden waste collection service will be stopping for its seasonal break.   

This means that there won’t be any garden waste bin collections after the end of November, so please use the remaining collections until then to empty your garden waste bin.

As this is a fortnightly collection some homes will have their last collection between 16-20 November and others will be 23-27 November. Make sure that your bin is out on the edge of your property by 6.45am on your collection day.

If you have any garden waste during the winter break, you should take it to the tip or compost it at home.

Garden waste collections will restart during the last week in February or first week in March 2021 but won’t be displayed until after the middle of February 2021.

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 or too full 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 order extra garden waste bins - we will collect up to three at a time on your collection day. Extra garden waste bins cost £41.00.

Order an extra garden waste bin

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 would like to buy larger quantities of CARE compost (50 bags or more only) please call 01922 417 648.