Garden waste collections

We offer fortnightly garden waste collections to subscribers using pre-paid 180-litre wheeled bins or 90-litre compostable paper sacks. 

Check your garden waste day and dates (many have changed) ‘My Collection Day‘ 

District councils issue annual renewal notices for wheeled bins to subscribers, which start from 1 April each year. New subscriptions can start at any time during the year, but the full year fee will still apply for collections until renewals are due. Refunds cannot be issued for cancelling the service during the year. Ensure you check the terms and conditions, below, before placing an order.

We endeavour to collect garden waste fortnightly. There are no garden waste collections in the two weeks after Christmas. Garden waste collections may be suspended during periods of severe weather.

Please leave bins or sacks at the edge of your property by 7am on collection days (collection times can vary) and no earlier than the night before. Bin lids must be closed when put out for collection. Do not to obstruct pavements or roads, and take bins back in as soon as possible after collections.

If your garden waste collection has been missed you can report it online – click here – after 7pm on the due day and within five working days (not including the initial collection day itself).

To place an order for garden waste collections click on the district name in the table below. Prices valid for services and purchases from 1 April 2020.

Garden Waste Sacks come in packs of ten and can be ordered online here. For sacks to be collected, you can request a collection here from your property before midday on the day before your scheduled collection day.

DistrictWheeled BinSacks (10)
Mendip£55.50£27.50
Sedgemoor£55.50£27.50
Somerset West and Taunton£55.50£27.50
South Somerset£55.50£27.50

You can recycle the following in your garden waste bin or sack:

  • Flowers, plants, grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Small branches (less than 15cm or 6 inches in width) and bark
  • Straw or sawdust (if bedding material, then only small quantities from household vegetarian pets, such as rabbits and hamsters, but not from micro-pigs, aviary birds, chickens, pigeons)

Please do not put any of the following out with your garden waste:

  • Plastics, including plastic plant pots and plastic bags
  • Metal, glass, stone, rubble, ceramics, soil, turf, compost or clay flower pots
  • Compostable or biodegradable bags or other containers
  • Food or food waste; vacuum cleaner waste; nappies
  • Cat litter; dog or cat waste; dead animals
  • Bedding materials or waste from micro-pigs, chickens, pigeons, aviary birds
  • Material treated with herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, picloram or similar persistent chemicals (follow manufacturer’s guidance on disposal of vegetation)
  • Treated wood; material with ash dieback (charala fraxinea)
  • Injurious plants, including common ragwort, broad-leaved dock, curled dock, creeping thistle, spear thistle
  • Invasive plants, including Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, rhododendron ponticum, New Zealand pigmyweed

Collection charges are set so they cover the costs of the service. Garden waste is legally classed as household waste for which a collection charge may be made. Charging also gives people an incentive for home composting, the ideal option, or to take it to a recycling site, and – on the “polluter pays” principle – means that only people using the service pay rather than all council tax payers subsidising the service.

Negotiations with the new collections contractor SUEZ mean that the cost of garden waste collections for 2020-2021 has fallen a little rather than rising with inflation, with that reduction immediately passed on to all subscribers.

Garden waste should not be put out with rubbish for refuse collections, and we do not advise burning garden waste, as this can cause pollution and local nuisance.

Your garden waste goes to one of several composting sites in Somerset, including Dimmer and Walpole, where it is shredded, stacked in long “windrow” piles, and regularly turned allowing swift composting at high temperatures. The process is closely monitored and managed to quality standards.

The end-product is screened and sold by our contractor Viridor as Revive soil conditioner through all recycling sites and in bulk.

 

General

  • Full cost still applies if: you start or end service during the year, service is interrupted, or collections missed.
  • These terms and conditions may be varied at any time without notice. For the current version or guidance, see somersetwaste.gov.uk or contact customer services.
  • Bins and stickers are Somerset Waste Partnership property and cannot be transferred, sold, swapped or given away. You may be charged for the 180-litre replacement if your bin is damaged or lost. You must tell us if you move or end the service.
  • We will share your personal contact details with our contractors, council partners and mailing houses.

 

Bin or sacks

  • For collection, sticker must remain attached to the top of the bin lid, waste must be within the bin with lid closed, or within council-supplied sacks.
  • Put bin or sacks out before 7am on collection day and no earlier than the night before.
  • Take empty bin back in as soon as possible. Do not obstruct pavements or roads.
  • Bins will not be emptied or sacks taken if staff consider there is any risk of bin or vehicle damage, or human injury for any reason, such as excess weight or frozen contents. Householders must reduce the weight or otherwise remove any risk.

 

Service suspension

  • We endeavour to collect garden waste fortnightly. Garden waste collections stop for two weeks over Christmas and New Year. Collections may be halted or interrupted, such as in severe weather or due to other factors, without notice, compensation or catch-up collection. For collection days after bank holidays, see somersetwaste.gov.uk.

 

Materials accepted

  • Flowers, plants, grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Small branches (less than 15cm or 6 inches in width) and bark
  • Straw or sawdust (if bedding material, then only small quantities from household vegetarian pets, such as rabbits and hamsters, but not from micro-pigs, aviary birds, chickens, pigeons)

 

Materials not accepted

  • Plastics, including plastic plant pots and plastic bags
  • Metal, glass, stone, rubble, ceramics, soil, turf, compost or clay flower pots
  • Compostable or biodegradable bags or other containers
  • Food or food waste; vacuum cleaner waste; nappies
  • Cat litter; dog or cat waste; dead animals
  • Bedding materials or waste from micro-pigs, chickens, pigeons, aviary birds
  • Material treated with herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, picloram or similar persistent chemicals (follow manufacturer’s guidance on disposal of vegetation)
  • Treated wood; material with ash dieback (charala fraxinea)
  • Injurious plants, including common ragwort, broad-leaved dock, curled dock, creeping thistle, spear thistle
  • Invasive plants, including Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, rhododendron ponticum, New Zealand pigmyweed