Garden waste collections



This subscription based service is for domestic households only.  Producers of commercial waste, including properties that provide self-catering accommodation, and other organisations are not eligible to apply. 

You can use our fortnightly domestic garden waste collection service for things like grass clippings, weeds, leaves and prunings.  There is a charge for this service, but you can save money by applying online. 

NB: Please bear in mind when you subscribe that it takes approximately two weeks for subscriptions to be set up with the Contractor and allocated to the collection round in your area.

How do I sign up for or renew garden waste collections? 

You need to buy a bin or bag from us and pay for the collections. If you are renewing, you can keep using your existing bin or bag and just pay for the collections. Prices for bags, bins and collections are shown below.  If you have two bins you will need two separate subscriptions.

Please read our Sale of Garden Waste Containers Terms and Conditions and Garden Waste Collection Service Terms and Conditions before signing up.

There is a help video to take you step by step through the sign up process.

Subscriptions for garden waste collection

Applying and renewing online is cheaper than applying by phone or post. 

Apply and save online

One off bin and bag prices


One-off purchase price

240 litre bin

Holds the equivalent of four garden waste sacks

1070mm high (including lid) x 580mm wide x 740mm deep



140 litre bin

Holds the equivalent of two garden waste sacks

1050mm high (including lid) x 480mm wide x 550mm deep


70 litre reusable garden waste bag

480mm high x 380mm wide x 380mm deep, with Velcro flap


Garden Wase Bins



Subscription costs from 1st April 2019

Subscription length

240 litre bin 

140 litre bin 

Reusable garden waste bag

1 year (online including discount)




2 years (online including discount)

 £72.50 £47.50 £38.50

1 year (not online - no discount)

 £41.25 £27.50 £21.75

2 years (not online - no discount)

 £80.50 £53.00 £42.00

 NB:  A subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March

Subscription costs for service starting part-way through the year

Subscriptions are calculated on a quarterly basis depending on the month your application is received.   We do not accept new subscriptions during the last 3 months of the subscription year – any received during this period will not start until 1st April of the next year and will be at the cost for that year.

Subscription Received



Full annual cost for current subscription year


75% of annual cost for current subscription year


50% of annual cost for current subscription year


Full annual cost for next subscription year, service will not commence until 1st April


What can I put in the garden waste collection?

Yes please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves or organic sweepings
  • Tree, shrub and rose prunings
  • Branches (up to 30cm long and 2.5cm diameter, eg, broom handle width)
  • Cut flowers
  • Weeds
  • Windfall

No thanks

  • Cardboard
  • Food waste, including vegatable peelings
  • Plastic
  • Turf
  • Soil and rubble
  • Plant pots
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Animal bedding
  • Animal faeces
  • Invasive species such as Japanese knotweed, ragwort, giant hogweed or common ragwort

Help subscribing for a garden waste collection

Please view the video below for a step by step guide to signing up for a garden waste collection.


When will my garden be waste collected?

Garden waste collections are fortnightly.  Your garden waste will be collected on same day as your rubbish, on the alternate week to your recycling.

View garden waste collection days

How do I report a missed garden waste collection?

You can report missed collections to us using our online form

Report a missed collection online

Can I get a refund during the winter or when I’m on holiday?

No - the service runs from when you sign up for the remainder of that subscription year ending on 31 March.

What else can I do with my garden waste?

You can also take garden waste to our household waste and recycling centres for free or compost it at home. We can’t collect garden waste with your household rubbish.  

Buy a composter or green Johanna

Where can I get a water butt?

Water butts and other water saving devices are available from South West Water.