Garden waste

Garden Waste Green Bin And Brown SackGarden waste is collected weekly, either in green wheeled bins or in brown garden waste sacks.

The garden waste collection service costs:

  • £30 for an annual garden waste wheeled bin licence OR
  • £30 for supply of 50 brown garden waste sacks
  • There is a 50% discount for householders who receive housing benefit or council tax support.

The garden waste wheeled bin licence is valid from 1 April to 31 March. We do not provide a refund if you move away during the year or wish to cancel further collections. All wheeled bins remain the property of Cotswold District Council.  

If you are a new resident, you may also need to register with us for council tax and to vote.

You can buy brown paper garden waste sacks from the Council offices in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh and cost £30 for 50 or £1 each.

NOTE - If you would like to pay for garden waste sacks (rather than a licence) please call our customer services team on 01285 623000

Change to the Service

With effect from 4 November 2019, garden waste collections will change from a weekly to a fortnightly schedule (but food waste collections will remain weekly).  This change will be subject to a public consultation and subsequent review in early 2020 to fully understand the impact of this change on residents and help us decide on the frequency and cost of the service that will be offered in 2020/21. 

Additionally, after 4 November 2019, residents will be instructed to recycle their food waste separately so we can produce better quality recycled products in line with county-wide practices. In other words, residents will only be able to mix food waste with their garden waste up until 3 November 2019.   

Residents will be provided with  larger and more robust pest-proof household food caddies to help separate their food recycling from garden waste recycling when presented for collection.

Pay for Garden Waste Licence

Terms and Conditions

Garden waste collections


  • Cotswold has a closed bin lid policy so your bin should be presented at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day with the lid firmly closed.
  • black bags will not be collected - any excess that won't fit in to the bin must be contained in Cotswold District Council brown paper sacks and placed at the side.
  • to ensure bins are visible from the roadside and placed in a safe place.
  • to retrieve your bin from kerbside by 6pm on the day of collection.

You can check your collection day by using My Cotswold.

If you are unable to move your garden waste wheelie bin or brown garden waste sack(s) to the front of your property you can arrange an assisted collection

What can be put in your green garden waste bin (if you subscribe)

Yes please

  • 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 herbivore pets (rabbits and guinea pigs etc)
  • Cut flowers
  • Plants and weeds
  • Windfalls from the garden
  • Vegetable waste from the garden (e.g. potato tops)
  • Real Christmas trees (cut into 2-3ft sections and remove decorations)
  • Kitchen roll
  • Tissues
  • Cold wood ash
  • Food waste (NOTE: This will change after 4 November 2019. From that date please recycle food waste separately. See ‘Change to the Service’ above for more details). 

No thanks

  • Plastic bags, pots or seed trays
  • Ceramics or crockery
  • Bricks, stones or soil
  • Metal or glass
  • Any other household waste
  • Liquids, oil and fat (including solid fats such as lard)
  • Turf
  • Cat and dog faeces or bedding
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Fencing and posts
  • Cardboard (please recycle in blue bags)
  • Waste from non-vegetarian pets (cats, dogs etc)

These items can be taken to a Household recycling centre for disposal.

Composting at home

If you already compost at home please do not stop - we encourage you to carry on doing this.

Please note that you are advised not to add meat fish and bones to your home compost bin, as it can attract vermin.  However, you can recycle these items in your food waste container.

Buy a compost bin

Cotswold District Council has teamed up with to provide an exclusive offer of reduced priced home compost bins, Water Butts and accessories.

To find out more and to view the full range of products please:

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road