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Garden waste: green wheelie bin and brown sacks

We are now taking payments for the 2020 to 2021 garden waste licence. 

The cost for this year is £30 and it is valid from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021. This is reduced from £35 because the service was partly suspended due to Coronavirus. We suspended the service during April and May because of numbers of staff self-isolating. We made the decision to prioritise general waste, food and recycling collections.

Garden waste collections are fortnightly. We consulted with people who already had a garden waste licence in 2018 and 2019. The majority were in favour of changing collections to every two weeks. We already subsidise garden waste collections and have had to increase the cost of a licence because of increased running costs.

We do not collect food waste in garden waste bins, please use your food waste caddy.

To get a green bin for garden waste you will need a licence. 

Pay for a garden waste licence

Please read the full garden waste terms and conditions.

Licences and waiting list

New customers can buy up to two licences. If you do not already have a bin there is a £10 delivery charge. If you need two bins the delivery charge is still £10.

If you are an existing customer you can buy an additional licence on top of your existing licence if you need it. If you want any extra bins there will be a £10 delivery charge.

Once we reach the maximum number of licences, everyone else will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when there is capacity again.

Composting garden waste

As an alternative to the garden waste service we recommend having a home composter.  Discounted bins are available to buy from the Get Composting website.

What to put in your green bin

We can collect the following:

  • grass cuttings
  • leaves, bark and tree prunings
  • twigs and small branches up to 5cm (2in) across
  • tree stumps up to 10cm (4in) across
  • bedding from vegetarian pets, for example, rabbits and guinea pigs
  • cut flowers
  • plants and weeds
  • windfalls from the garden
  • vegetable waste from the garden
  • real Christmas trees (cut into 2 to 3ft sections and remove decorations)
  • cold wood ash

What not to put in your green bin

Please do not put the following things in your green bin:

  • food waste
  • soil, rubble and stones (this makes it too heavy and we will not be able to collect it, see the terms and conditions for more information)
  • paper and cardboard
  • dog faeces
  • cat litter
  • kitchen roll and tissues