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Appeal and other ways to recycle your garden waste

How to appeal if you think you should be included in the scheme and are not, and other ways to recycle your garden waste.


Our garden waste scheme is now collecting on Saturdays (was Tuesday or Wednesday) and Mondays (was Thursday or Friday) from Saturday 2 May.

This is so that we can ensure rubbish and recycling collections continue throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

If you have already signed up, we will contact you with more information. Dates are also available on MyDurham.

See Changes to the garden waste scheme for more information.

How to appeal if your property is not eligible for collections

You have a right to appeal if your property has not been included in the scheme, but you feel that it should be eligible, based on the criteria. Make sure you include these reasons in your appeal.

Make an appeal about your eligibility for the garden waste collection scheme

Please note: if you submit an appeal and it is not upheld, you may not submit any further appeals unless there has been a change in your property's circumstances.

Other ways to dispose of garden waste

These are also useful options if you have garden waste to get rid of when the service is suspended during the winter.

  • Use a home compost bin: garden waste such as grass cuttings, weeds and old plants are all suitable for composting and compost bins.
  • Take it to one of our household waste recycling centres (tips) (tips).
  • Arrange a bulky waste collection: if you are unable to compost or visit a household waste recycling centre, you can have up to six bags of garden waste removed as bulky waste - there is a charge for this service.

It is not illegal to have a bonfire and burn your garden waste, but it is important you do not cause a nuisance or endanger your neighbours' property. 

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