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Garden waste collections

From 2015 there is 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 take place fortnightly between March and October 2015- the first of which will take place between 17 and 27 March. If you have subscribed to the service you can find out your collection day by entering your house number and postcode into My Durham at the top of this web page.

Check if your property is eligible and subscribe for collections online.

Please make sure you have read our terms and conditions first.

If you subscribed before the 1 February you'll get all 16 collections in 2015.  If you subscribe after this date you'll get any collections remaining before the scheme ends for the year in October.

Step by step guide to using the service

Read, or watch, our step by step guide to using the garden waste collection service.

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 out about the ways sign to up and pay.

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 our Who is eligible? 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.

What goes in the garden waste bin

It is important that you only put items that can be composted in your garden waste bin. Find out what goes in the bin on our what goes where web page.

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 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.