Garden waste collections
Register for collection
You must register to have your garden waste collected. You can recycle bark, cut flowers, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, house plants, leaves, shrub prunings, twigs and small branches, untreated sawdust and wood shavings, and weeds.
This year we will not be issuing garden waste bin stickers as collection crews have information in their vehicle showing which addresses have paid. Therefore, it is important that your house name or number is clearly displayed on the back of your garden waste bin, below the handle.
We list the most commonly asked questions about garden waste at the bottom of this page. For all FAQs about garden waste, see our garden waste - frequently asked questions page, and our terms and conditions for further information.
You can pay online to register or renew your garden waste collections until 30 June 2024: Register or renew online.
If you are experiencing a problem when renewing, see our Garden waste - frequently asked questions page for assistance.
|Month of registration||Cost|
|April, May, June, July, August 2023||£66|
|September, October, November, December 2023||£40|
|January, February, March 2024||£17|
Each £66 payment will cover the emptying of one 180 litre bin until 30 June 2024.
You may pay for as many bins to be emptied as you wish. You may also consider purchasing a food waste composter - more information is available on: Reducing your waste and composting.
Your collection days can be viewed on our:
Bins will be emptied fortnightly, except for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
If you have ordered a bin, this will be delivered within two weeks.
The council will only empty garden waste bins which have been paid for.
Frequently asked questions
Our most common queries are listed below. For all FAQs about garden waste, see: Garden waste - frequently asked questions.
You will need to clearly display your house name or number on your bin, under the handle, on the back. The crews have an in-vehicle system to tell them which addresses to collect from. Adding your number ensures the crew can identify your bin.
If the address is not clearly visible to crews, they will not empty the bin and will be unable to return before the next scheduled collection.
- grass cuttings
- cut flowers
- hedge clippings
- house plants (please remove soil)
- twigs and small branches
- untreated sawdust and wood shavings
- biodegradable bedding (hay, straw) from non-meat eating pets (rabbits, mice, hamsters)
- 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 except biodegradable bedding (hay, straw, shredded paper) from non-meat eating pets (rabbits, mice, hamsters)
- pet litter
- soil or turf
- bricks, stones or rubble
- paper, shredded paper or card
- large items of garden waste
- large branches or logs
- seed trays and plant pots
- packaging of any kind including 'compostable bags' or biodegradable plastics
All garden waste is composted locally. You can buy this compost from any of our Household recycling centres (HRCs) or directly from Hills Waste Solutions if you require larger volumes.
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.
If you don't want to pay for additional garden waste bins, why not consider a food waste composter - more information is available on: Reducing your waste and composting.
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.
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 using our online form
- 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
If your bin is damaged, you can request a replacement online.