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Garden waste collections

In this section find detailed information on the garden waste collection service including how to subscribe and use the scheme, which properties are eligible and other ways to dispose of garden waste.

We offer fortnightly garden waste collections to more than 190,000 eligible properties in County Durham between March/ April and November. There is a fee for this service.

Check if your property is eligible and Subscribe to the garden waste collection scheme

Please note: if you subscribed before 14 February you'll get all 17 collections in 2017.  You can still subscribe to the service and we'll arrange for your collections to start as soon as possible and you'll receive the remaining collections before the scheme ends for the year in autumn

Please make sure you have read our Garden waste terms and conditions first. The terms and conditions have been updated for 2017.

Step by step guide to using the service

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

How much does it cost?

  • Annual subscription fee £25

This fee is 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.

Other ways to pay for garden waste collections

If you don't want to pay online, there are other Ways to sign up 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 our Who is eligible for garden waste collections? page.

Note for Teesdale residents

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

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 2017 garden waste collection service?

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

Garden Waste 2017