Garden waste

Coronavirus - impact on garden waste collections

Like many organisations, the council is facing an unprecedented challenge in continuing to deliver services while responding to the coronavirus. It is inevitable that sickness, isolation measures and increased childcare responsibilities will reduce the number of staff available at different times. As a result, we have had to prioritise our core waste services and temporarily suspended garden waste collections.

Where possible, please home compost your garden waste. Recycle Now have published some advice on home composting that we hope will be useful.

If you have a garden we can provide you with a green reusable bag and collect garden waste from your home every week.

Your garden waste is taken to a local composting site. Millions of tiny microbes break down the garden waste, heating it up in the process and turning it into compost.  After around three months the composting process is complete.

You can put the following into your green bag:


Unfortunately we cannot take the following:

  • Stones, soil bricks or rubble
  • Japanese knotweed 
  • Household or kitchen waste
  • Plastics and metals
  • Dog or cat waste 
  • Any other rubbish

Your collection service

  • To find out your collection day please see collection day on the schedule. Please check to make sure garden waste is listed for your address.
  • To order a second or replacement bag,  join the collection scheme, report a missed collection or find out more information, please contact us.

Please make sure that your garden waste bag is out by 7am and is clearly visible to the collection crews from the road.

Other ways of disposing of your garden waste

You can also get a low cost compost bin from the council, drop off your garden waste at Northumberland Wharf reuse and recycling centre.