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Household garden waste collection service

Garden waste wheelie bins have green lids

PLEASE NOTE: that all existing customers renewing subscriptions will receive their 2018-19 discs approximately 14 days after payment is received. Many thanks for your continued custom.

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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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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 £80 per year - equivalent to £1.63 per collection (prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2018).

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 joinersCost
Full year
1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019
£80 (equivalent to £1.63 per collection)
Joining service between
1st April 2018 to 30th June 2018
Joining service between
1st July 2018 to 31st August 2018
Joining service between
1st September 2018 to 31st October 2018 
Joining service between
1st November 2018 to 31st March 2019
£120 (includes full year subscription for 2019-20)

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


Refunds will only be given for the following reasons or at the Managers discretion:

  • Moving out of the Adur/Worthing area
  • Moving to a property with no garden (refunds sent to new address!)
  • Deceased

Refunds will be given pro-rata, where applicable:

  • 1st April to 31st May - £70
  • 1st June to 30th June - £60
  • 1st July to 31st July - £50
  • 1st August to 30th September - £40
  • After 30th September - no refunds


There are NO garden waste collections between 27th December 2018 and 9th January 2019.

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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 £1.20 from any garden waste sack retailer. (Prices are subject to an annual increase in April, prices correct as at 01-04-2018)

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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What we can take for garden waste collection

We can only accept the following in your garden 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

Please note: anything from the kitchen cannot go in your garden bin:

  • uncooked vegetable matter can go in your home compost bin (eg vegetable peelings, outer cabbage and lettuce leaves, fruit or vegetable bits)
  • cooked food must go in with your normal household waste - not into your garden bin, or your compost bin

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.

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

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Christmas trees

Christmas tree

Real 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 7th January 2019 (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 (and save them for next year) before putting your tree out for collection!

Artificial trees

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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