Garden waste

Find out ways to recycle your garden waste.


You can compost you garden waste yourself, take it to your local recycling centre or you can join our garden waste bin service.

Our garden waste bin service

Having one of our garden waste bins is an easy way to get rid of any garden rubbish that you can not compost.

When your bin will be collected

Put your bin out on your collection day and we will come and empty it.

Collection days

Your green garden waste bin is collected fortnightly. Your garden waste collection day may differ from your regular collection day so please check your letter for your collection day. Please make sure that the bin is at the boundary of your property by 7am on your collection day.

2021 - 2022

Icon for pdf Garden waste collection calendar from 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022 [378.44KB]

How to apply for the garden waste bin collection service

We are not currently taking any new subscriptions for the garden waste bin collection service.

How to pay for the garden waste bin collection service

Existing customers can pay online, over the phone or by cheque. Find more information about paying for the garden waste bin collection service.

Garden waste weekend skip collection service

The garden waste weekend skip service collects from different locations around the district.

For residents who do not have access to  the Recycling Centre for Household Waste, some parish councils provide weekend drop-off points, at various locations and times across the district.


Composting at home is a quick, easy and cost-effective method of clearing away garden waste and making a free supply of compost to use in your garden. Whether it's vegetable peelings and eggshells from the kitchen, compostable products, shredded paper or the cuttings from the lawnmower, simply throw it in your compost bin and it will gradually break down to produce environmentally-friendly compost.

We've  teamed up with Essex County Council and Recycle Now to offer you the opportunity to buy home composting bins, which are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, at bargain prices. 

Garden waste tips and ideas 

If you have too much garden waste, here are some ideas on what to do:

  • add garden waste to your home composter or ask your neighbour about adding it to theirs
  • use grass cuttings as mulch
  • cut up and compact your garden cuttings and clipping as much as possible to reduce the volume and help store your garden waste
  • hold off on some or all of your gardening tasks and wait for a visit by our garden waste weekend skip service
  • you can also take garden waste to your local recycling centre

Love Essex has more advice, including some easy to follow instructions on making your own compost bin.


Contact us

If you have any queries which are not covered by the information above, please email or telephone 01799 510510 and we will do our best to answer.