Fortnightly garden waste collection

You can subscribe to our wheeled bin collection service for £44 per year with a one off delivery charge of £2.95. Alternatively you can purchase paper sacks for £2.75 each.  Please scroll down or click on the links to find out more.

Wheeled bin collection

Charges and subscriptions

The wheeled bin service costs £44 per year with a one off charge of £2.95 to deliver the bin.

You pay an annual charge to use the service, which is renewed every June.  If you join part way through the year, you pay for the remaining months on a pro-rata basis (please see our Garden Waste Charges page or the PDF document on the left hand side of this page).

As the garden waste service has an annual payment, you will also be sent a sticker along with your bin to show that you have paid for that year.  Please put the sticker on your bin to make sure it gets emptied.  Bins without up to date stickers will not get emptied.

There are NO garden waste collections from Monday 3 December 2018 to Friday 25 January inclusive. Normal garden waste collections start again on Monday 28 January. For a more detailed explanation, please see our FAQs

As this includes the Christmas period, please take your Christmas trees to our Recycling Centres or they can be put out for collection free of charge on garden waste collection days between 28th January and the 8th February.

Start a new collection or order more garden waste bins

Start a NEW garden waste collection 

Request more garden waste collection stickers/bins 
(240 litres; 107cm x 58cm x 73cm or 140 litres; 106cm x 49cm x 55cm)

Alternatively contact Council Connect (01225 39 40 41) to start a new collection or order more bins.  

Renew your garden waste subscription

When it’s time to renew you will be sent a renewal notice through the post with your garden waste reference number. You can use this to renew on line by going to Pay for it. You will then be sent a sticker to display on your bin to show that you have paid. 

  1. April/May – garden waste reference number sent to you by post
  2. Pay online at Pay for it or using the automated telephone line details on the back of your letter
  3. Sticker posted out to you (please allow 30 days for delivery)
  4. Put new sticker on your bin lid to continue using the service

If you do not have an up to date sticker on your bin, the crews will leave a red hanger and will not collect it.  


You can choose whether you’d like a larger or smaller bin (the costs are the same).
Large 240 Litre bin - H 107cm x W 58cm x 73cm
Small 140 Litre bin - H 106cm x W 49cm x 55cm

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Paper sack collection

You can purchase 80 Litre paper sacks for £2.75 each and put them out on your garden waste collection day. This may be more suitable if you have a one off clear out or just need to use the service occasionally.

Purchasing paper sacks

Please go to Garden waste sacks to find out where your nearest stockist is.

Alternatively you can order a minimum of 20 sacks by credit or debit cards via Council Connect or at our Recycling Centre in Bath.

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How to use the service

When do we collect?

Your fortnightly garden waste collection is on the opposite week to your rubbish collection (if you are receiving a fortnightly rubbish collection).  To check your collection date, please enter your address or postcode into Services in my area.

 What do we collect?

  • Garden waste
  • Flower and plant waste
  • Grass cuttings
  • Branches
  • Leaves and bark
  • Hedge prunings
  • Biodegradable bedding from small animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits 

We do NOT collect 

  • NO soil, peat and turf, as this can make your bin too heavy to lift and can damage it (soil/compost bound roots are OK)
  • NO food waste, plastic or cardboard (please recycle these – see Recycling collections)
  • NO Japanese Knotweed
  • NO large branches/logs
  • NO Items such as cutlery and plates that claim to be compostable
  • NO animal waste, such as dog and cat poo – these should go in your rubbish bin or bag.

How to put out your Garden Waste 

  • Please put your garden waste out in your green garden waste bin or Council garden waste sack at the edge of your property closest to the highway between 8pm the night before and 7am on the day of your scheduled fortnightly collection.
  • Please do not overfill your bin or fill with items we don't collect such as soil, peat and turf as this can make your bin too heavy to lift and can damage it. We will not collect overloaded bins, the crew will leave a notice on the bin if this has been an issue. We will not return to collect overfilled or too heavy bins.
  • If we are unable to fully empty your garden waste bin because the contents are frozen, we will return on your next scheduled collection day. 

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What else can I do with my garden waste?

Home Composting

The best thing to do with your garden waste is to compost it at home (see Home Composting).  Please go to Get Composting to find out about the compost offers available to residents of Bath and North East Somerset.

Recycling Centres

You can use our garden waste containers at our Recycling Centres.

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