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Garden waste collections

Recycle bark, cut flowers, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, house plants, leaves, shrub prunings, twigs and small branches, untreated sawdust and wood shavings, and weeds.

There is a charge of £50 for the collection of garden waste from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. 

In order to make sure you don't have any interruption to your fortnightly garden waste collections, you will need to renew your annual subscription by 14 June 2019.

Existing customers will be sent a unique reference number, by email or post, during April. Using this special code will make it easier to renew online or by phone from 9 April 2019. However, if you have not yet received your unique reference number, you can still renew online or over the phone but your address details will have to be input manually.

Not an existing customer?

You can sign up for the service at any point from April 9 2019 online or by phone on 0300 456 0103.

Bins will be emptied fortnightly, except for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

New Customers

If you would like to sign up for the service, please call the council on 0300 456 0102.

Month you sign upAmount you will pay

April, May, June, July 2019

£50

August, September, October 2019

£36.50

November, December 2019, January 2020

£25

February, March 2020

£12.50

After you have renewed or signed up, you will be sent a garden waste sticker within three weeks. The council will only collect garden waste bins which have been paid for and have a valid sticker attached.

The price you pay takes into account the delivery period for your sticker to arrive. Your collections will only begin once this sticker is attached to your bin. 

If you require a bin, this will be delivered to you separately within two weeks.

Marks and Spencer and John Lewis Partnership cards cannot be accepted online. If you want to pay using a card from one of these providers please call us on 0300 456 0103. In addition, we cannot accept American Express.

Alternatively, you can pay over the phone using your debit or credit card by calling 0300 456 0103.

What can you put in your garden waste bin?

  • Grass cuttings
  • Cuttings
  • Bark
  • Prunings
  • Cut flowers
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Hedge clippings
  • House plants (please remove soil)
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Untreated sawdust and wood shavings
  • Real Christmas trees (can be left next to your bin)
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  • Any food waste including fruit, vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, meat
  • Windfall fruit (You can compost food waste at home - Compost at home )
  • Animal waste
  • Pet litter
  • Dirty pet bedding
  • Soil or turf
  • Bricks, stones or rubble
  • Ash
  • Paper, shredded paper or card
  • Large items of garden waste
  • Large branches or logs
  • Seed trays and plant pots
  • Packaging
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Frequently Asked Questions

All garden waste is composted in Wiltshire. You can buy this compost from any of our household recycling centres (HRCs). Close
There is not limit on the number of garden waste bins you can pay for. Alternatively, you can take large amounts of garden waste to any of the household recycling centres (HRCs) for composting or you can compost some of your waste at home. Please see the reducing your waste and composting page for more information on how to get a compost bin at a reduced price.

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Yes, each additional bin will cost the appropriate amount found in the table at the top of this page. There is no limit on the number of bins you can have.

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If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags you can apply online for an assisted collection or by calling us on 0300 456 0102.

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If you do not want to sign up or renew your garden waste service and do not wish to keep your bin, we will retrieve it. If you change your mind and sign up for the chargeable garden waste service within a year, there will be a £25 charge in addition to the annual fee.

In order for your bin to be retrieved you must:
• Request a retrieval by calling the council on 0300 456 0102.
• Empty your bin. We cannot retrieve bins containing waste.
• Keep your bin in an easily visible and accessible place so that the crew can locate it.

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Due to weather conditions, we sometimes experience problems with emptying garden waste bins where the contents have frozen.  Our refuse loaders will endeavour to shake the bins two or three times to try to release the contents as much as possible but some frozen waste may remain in the bin.  Unfortunately, we will be unable to return to empty the frozen bins and would ask that you please release the contents before adding any more garden waste to the bin.

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Last updated: 10 April 2019 | Last reviewed: 10 April 2019