Garden waste collections

New garden waste applications: Due to a shortage of bin stock we are currently unable to accept any further subscriptions to our garden waste service. Applications will reopen shortly. 

New garden waste bins are currently taking up to six weeks to deliver - see our FAQs ...

Is your garden waste subscription up to date? If you no longer want your green bin or are struggling to pay, please see our FAQs ...

We can save you from trips to the tip by collecting your garden waste and taking it to be turned into compost:

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Garden waste wheelie bin collections

Garden waste wheelie bins have green lids

Garden waste bin collection subscriptions cost £89.00 per year (price correct as at 1st April 2024).

The service includes:

  • a 240 litre green lidded wheelie bin, embossed with three dots
  • weekly collection (apart from the first two weeks following Christmas and New Year)
  • taking your garden waste to be processed into compost

How to use your garden waste bin

Please make sure:

  • your bin is ready for collection by 6:30am on your collection day
  • your bin is left on the kerbside nearest your home, and is accessible from the road
  • your bin is not blocking a pathway
  • all your garden waste is in your bin
  • note: additional garden waste left next to your bin will not be collected, unless it is in one of our garden waste sacks
  • find out what can go in your garden waste bin

Terms & conditions: for further information about our garden waste collection service see our terms & conditions. These are updated from time to time, you can read the latest version here:

Apply for a garden waste bin

Due to a shortage of stock, we are currently unable to process applications for a new garden waste bin. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Renew your garden waste bin subscription

If you have received a renewal invoice please click on the link below to renew. You will need to enter your invoice number which will be listed on your invoice and starts with a '9':

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Garden waste sacks

Note: only AWCS garden waste sacks with our logo on will be collected (see photo). Sacks must be placed kerbside for collection. Crews will not enter properties to remove sacks and will not remove sacks or bags without the council logo.

Garden waste sack with the Adur & Worthing Council logo on it

  • garden waste sacks can be purchased for £1.75 per sack (price correct as at 1st April 2024).
  • available to everyone - not just garden waste service subscribers
  • fully biodegradable
  • collected weekly
  • one AWCS biodegradable garden sack holds 75 litres of waste
  • each sack is 80cm x 60cm x 25cm
  • find out what can go in your garden waste sack (below)

Please make sure your garden waste sack(s) are:

  • ready for collection by 6:30am on your collection day
  • left on the kerbside nearest your home, and accessible and clearly visible from the road

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What can go in your garden waste bin or sack

Green tick - yes pleaseYes please:

  • grass cuttings
  • weeds
  • prunings
  • flowers
  • leaves
  • plants
  • hedge and tree cuttings - not exceeding 100mm diameter

Red cross - no thank youNo thank you:

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Home composting

Home composting breaks down garden and some food waste (such as fruit and vegetable peelings, apple cores, etc) turning it into compost for your garden and reducing what gets sent to landfill.

We offer discounts on a range of home composters and accessories through our partnership with Get Composting - to find out more:

You can find out more about home composting, including what can be composted, here:

Please note: You must not compost Japanese Knotweed. For information on Japanese Knotweed, including how to identify it, prevent its spread and dispose of it safely, see:

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Garden waste collection - FAQs

When will I get my new bin?

It is currently taking up to four weeks to deliver new garden waste bins. If you have paid and are waiting for your bin the start date for your subscription will be amended to reflect this delay. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Is your garden waste subscription up to date?

If you no longer want the green bin you need to advise us, as described in our terms & conditions (above).

Are you struggling to pay your garden waste subscription?

If you're struggling to pay, please talk to us on 01273 263050.

What can go in your garden waste bin or sack?

Please see what can go in your garden waste bin or sack (above).

I paid my invoice yesterday, but my bin was not emptied today as usual

If your invoice was not paid by the due date your collections may have been paused. Reinstatement following payment can take up to 14 days to allow for processing of your payment.

If your payment is more than four weeks late your account may have been closed. In that case you will need to notify us of the payment to ensure that your account is reopened. You can contact us on 01903 851729 or at

I recently signed up for the service but have not received my bin or had a collection. Will I get a credit for these weeks?

No, we will move the start date of your subscription to the date of your first collection once your bin has been delivered. The renewal date will also be moved in line with the amended start.

I'm moving but I want to continue the service at my new address. What should I do?

Please let us know that you are moving as soon as you can so we can amend our records and take your bin with you to the new address.

I'm moving and I will no longer require the service

Please let us know that you are moving so that we can close your account and cancel any future payment requests.

I just moved into a property and there is a garden waste bin, can I start using it?

You need to contact us and set up an account in your name. The service is paid for annually so if payment is not received we will cancel the collections and remove the bin.

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Page last updated: 14 June 2024

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