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Garden waste collections


From 2015 there will be a charge for garden waste collections. Find detailed information in this section on the service including how to subscribe and use the scheme, who's eligible and other ways to dispose of garden waste if you don't get the service.

Garden waste collections from Spring 2015 are available to more than 190,000 properties in County Durham, 35,000 more than previously. Collections will take place fortnightly between March and October 2015.

Check if your property is eligible and subscribe for garden waste collections online.
Please make sure you have read our terms and conditions first.
 
To ensure that you receive all 16 collections in 2015 you must subscribe by 1 February 2015.

Step by step guide to using the service

All eligible properties will receive a letter from us giving details of how to subscribe. If you've not received a letter you should read, or watch, our step by step guide to using the scheme first.

How much does it cost?

  • Subscribe for one year for £20
  • Subscribe for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) for £50
  • The above fees are for collections from one garden waste bin. If your property has not previously received the garden waste collection service and you do not have a garden waste bin, we will provide your first bin free of charge.

Additional bins

If you would like more than one garden waste bin, each additional bin will cost £20. You will also need to pay the subscription fee to empty each additional bin.

Other ways to pay for garden waste collections

Find information about all the ways you can subscribe and pay for garden waste collections.

Collection areas, eligibility and your right of appeal

Find a map of the areas covered by the garden waste scheme, what criteria properties must meet to be eligible and how to appeal if you think your household should have been included on the who is eligible for garden waste collections from 2015? page.

Note for Teesdale residents

Garden waste is collected by the Teesdale Conservation Volunteers (trading as Rotters). More information on the collection service in this area is available on the Rotters website.

Get a bin removed

If you don't want to subscribe and pay for garden waste collections, or your property is no longer eligible for the service, you can get a garden waste bin removed.

Can I swap my garden waste bin for a larger bin?

You can exchange your garden waste bin for a larger one in certain areas..

Other ways to dispose of, or reduce, your garden waste

If your property isn't eligible for garden waste collections, or you don't want to subscribe to the service, there are other ways to dispose of your garden waste.

Got more questions about 2015 garden waste collections?

Please see the frequently asked questions for further information and answers to questions you may have.