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Garden waste

If you don’t receive your usual fortnightly garden waste collection – please do check to see there have been any changes to bin collections on visit our coronavirus bins page.

As usual, the last fortnightly garden waste collections are in November 2021 after this the service is taking a 3 month seasonal break.  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 15-19 November and others will be 22-26 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 between 21 February to 4 March 2021.  For your new 2022 garden waste collection restart date see the  bin day finder after the middle of February 2022.

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 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 we do not have any CARE compost in stock but anticipate that it will be available by August 2021.   Once stock is available this webpage will be updated. 

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