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Garden waste

Garden waste collections happen every other week (fortnightly) on your usual collection day from early spring until the autumn.

Make sure that your bin is out on the edge of your property by 6.45am on your collection day.

The last dates for garden waste collections are the weeks beginning 21 and 28 November, depending on what week your garden waste is collected. There will be no collections from Monday 5 December until the spring.

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

To find out when your garden waste collection is check the bin day finder.

Make sure that your bin is out on the edge of your property by 6.45am on your collection day.

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, from February 2023 you can order extra garden waste bins - we will collect up to three at a time on your collection day. Prices will be displayed by the end of January 2023.

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.