Garden waste

See also:

Household garden waste collection service

Garden waste wheelie bins have green lids

  • Garden Waste is collected weekly from the wheelie bin service (subscription only) or from purchased sacks
  • Collections do not happen in the first two weeks following Christmas and New Year
  • Properties that subscribe to the garden waste wheelie bin service will have a green lidded wheelie bin embossed with three dots
  • All kerbside collected garden waste is taken to a licensed site to processed into composting
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EXISTING CUSTOMERS RENEWING SUBSCRIPTIONS WILL RECEIVE THEIR 2014-15 DISCS APPROXIMATELY 14 DAYS AFTER PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. Many thanks for your continued custom.

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Apply for new garden waste collection service

Applications: If you would like to apply for a garden waste bin please contact us on 01903 851729. We cannot currently take online applications for this service. 

The price for a full year's subscription is £60 per year (prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-03-2014).

The garden waste subscription year runs from April 1st to March 31st each year.

  • New customers will need to pay the garden waste subscription fee before receiving the service.
  • New subscribers who join part way through the garden waste subscription year will only pay the remaining fee due to take them up to the end of the year.
  • Renewals will then be invoiced in February before the new subscription year begins in April.

The tariff for new joiners to the scheme is as follows:

Tariff bands for new joiners Cost
Full year 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015 £60
Joining service between 1st April 2014 - 31st May 2014 £60
Joining service between 1st June 2014 - 31st July 2014 £50
Joining service between 1st August 2014 - 30th September 2014 £40
Joining service between 1st October 2014 - 31st December 2014 £30
Joining service between 1st January 2015 - 31st March 2015 (runs for up to 15 months to 31st march 2016) £80

You will receive a 240 litre wheelie bin for weekly collection.

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How to pay your garden waste collection renewal online

If you currently have the garden waste wheelie bin service and you have been sent your annual renewal invoice you can pay online.

If you currently do not have the garden waste wheelie bin service but want to apply please see Apply for garden waste collection service above.

To pay for your renewal online please have your invoice number to hand then click on the link below and select the 'invoices starting with a 9' option:

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Buy a garden waste sack

Garden waste sacks can be purchased for 70p from any garden waste sack retailer. (Prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2014)

The sack(s) will be collected on your usual bin collection day, except for the two weeks immediately following Christmas and New Year. You do not need to be a garden waste wheelie bin subscriber to have sacks collected.

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Putting your garden waste out for collection

Please ensure that all items you put out for collection are contained within your wheelie bin.

Your garden waste must be put out on the front boundary of your property close to the pavement in a clearly visible location (or in your bin store if that's where it's normally collected from) ready for collection by 6:30am on the morning of your collection day.

Please avoid blocking paths or other public areas.

Additional waste not contained within the wheelie bin will not be accepted and may cause a littering nuisance if attacked by animals and/ or birds.

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What we can take for garden waste collection

We can only accept the following in wheelie bin or sacks:

  • Flowers
  • Garden plants
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge and tree cuttings (not exceeding 100mm, 4 inches, in diameter)
  • House plants
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Weeds

Anything else will not be considered suitable for collection.

Soil or turf: we do not take soil or turf in large quantities through the garden waste service. The main reason for this is manual handling. Essentially if the bin or bag is too heavy to move easily then we will not take it.

Please ensure that no Japanese Knotweed is disposed via this service! See Japanese Knotweed.

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What happens to your garden waste

All garden waste collected in Adur and Worthing is taken to Olus, a recycling company, based just outside Henfield, West Sussex. Olus have collecting and recycling green waste into compost since 1994. They work with County and District councils recycling approximately 30,000 tonnes of green waste per year, turning garden prunings into high quality compost that carries Soil Association and British Standard PAS100 accreditation.

Olus are committed to delivering sustainable solutions to the recycling industry, ensuring they meet quality management standards to produce premium recycled products for retail end markets.

Their products are sold and distributed through their landscaping supplies company and can also be purchased through the Olus website.

Bags of compost produced by Olus can also be purchased at household waste recycling sites locally in Shoreham-by-Sea, Worthing or Littlehampton. Ask site staff for details.

For full details of the composting process please visit the Olus website.

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Christmas treeChristmas trees

In January of each year we recycle real Christmas trees.

Your unwanted real Christmas tree(s) should be put out for recycling next to your wheelie bin from Monday 13th January 2014 (date will change each year) on your normal refuse collection day.

Or, if your real Christmas tree still has its roots then why not plant it out in your garden?

Please remember to remove all the decorations, baubles, tinsel and the twinkly lights from your real Christmas tree before putting it out for collection!

If you have an artificial tree then please package it away carefully and save it for re-use next Christmas along with all your decorations, tinsel and lights.

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