Lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries have caused fires in the rubbish lorries. Please do not put batteries in your waste or recycling bin. All batteries (including lithium batteries from e-bikes and e-scooters and other re-chargeable devices) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Northumberland Wharf.

Garden waste

If you live in a house or converted flat with a garden, we can give you a green reusable bag and collect garden waste every week.

Unfortunately, at the moment, we do not provide a collection service to ground floor properties in blocks of flats.

Garden waste will only be collected in the council's reusable bags. A maximum of 2 bags can be given to each household and left out for collection each week. 

Where possible, please home compost your garden waste. You can get a low cost compost bin from the council and Recycle Now have published some useful advice on home composting.

You can put any of these items into your reusable bag:


We cannot take these items as green garden waste:

  • stones, soil bricks or rubble
  • Japanese knotweed
  • household or kitchen waste
  • plastics and metals
  • dog or cat waste
  • any other rubbish

Request a garden waste bag

Collection days

You can enter your postcode to check your waste and recycling days.

What happens to the waste?

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

Other ways of disposing of your garden waste

You can also get a low cost compost bin from the council or drop off your garden waste at The Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Have we missed you?

If we have, please complete and submit our missed collection form after 3pm.