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Garden waste collections

Recycle bark, cut flowers, grass cuttings, hedge clippings, house plants, leaves, shrub prunings, twigs and small branches, untreated sawdust and wood shavings, and weeds.


Pining to be green?

If you pay for your garden waste collection, you can put your real christmas tree out for composting with your first garden waste collection in January. Alternatively, you can arrange a charity collection and help your local community at the same time- you can register from 15 November to secure your collection.

Garden Waste Collections

Renew or sign up now

There is a charge of £48 for the collection of garden waste from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

Existing customers will be sent a unique reference number, by email or post, during April. You will need this to renew online or by phone from 9 April 2018.

Not an existing customer?

You can sign up for the service at any point. If you wish to sign up part-way through the year, you will pay on a quarterly, pro-rata basis.  See information below.

Bins will be emptied fortnightly, except for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

New Customers

If you would like to sign up for the service, please call the council on 0300 456 0102.

Month you sign upAmount you will pay

April, May, June, July 2018


August, September, October 2018


November, December 2018, January 2019


February, March 2019


After you have renewed or signed up, you will be sent a garden waste sticker within three weeks. The council will only collect garden waste bins which have been paid for and have a valid sticker attached.

Please note that the price you pay takes into account the delivery period for your sticker to arrive.  Your collections will only begin once this sticker is attached to your bin. 

If you require a bin, this will be delivered to you separately within two weeks.

Marks and Spencer and John Lewis Partnership cards cannot be accepted online. If you want to pay using a card from one of these providers please call us on 0300 456 0103. In addition, we cannot accept American Express.

Alternatively, you can pay over the phone using your debit or credit card by calling 0300 456 0103.

What can you put in your garden waste bin?

  • Grass cuttings
  • Cuttings
  • Bark
  • Prunings
  • Cut flowers
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Hedge clippings
  • House plants (please remove soil)
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Untreated sawdust and wood shavings
  • Real Christmas trees (can be left next to your bin)
  • Any food waste including fruit, vegetables, peelings, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, meat
  • Windfall fruit (You can compost food waste at home - Compost at home )
  • Animal waste
  • Pet litter
  • Dirty pet bedding
  • Soil or turf
  • Bricks, stones or rubble
  • Ash
  • Paper, shredded paper or card
  • Large items of garden waste
  • Large branches or logs
  • Seed trays and plant pots
  • Packaging

Frequently Asked Questions

All garden waste is composted in Wiltshire. You can buy this compost from any of our household recycling centres (HRCs). Close
There is not limit on the number of garden waste bins you can pay for. Alternatively, you can take large amounts of garden waste to any of the household recycling centres (HRCs) for composting or you can compost some of your waste at home. Please see the reducing your waste and composting page for more information on how to get a compost bin at a reduced price.

Yes, each additional bin will cost the appropriate amount found in the table at the top of this page. There is no limit on the number of bins you can have.

If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags you can apply for an assisted collection. To request an assisted collection please contact us on 0300 456 0102.


If you do not want to sign up or renew your garden waste service and do not wish to keep your bin, we will retrieve it. If you change your mind and sign up for the chargeable garden waste service within a year, there will be a £25 charge in addition to the annual fee.

In order for your bin to be retrieved you must:
• Request a retrieval by calling the council on 0300 456 0102.
• Empty your bin. We cannot retrieve bins containing waste.
• Keep your bin in an easily visible and accessible place so that the crew can locate it.


Due to weather conditions, we sometimes experience problems with emptying garden waste bins where the contents have frozen.  Our refuse loaders will endeavour to shake the bins two or three times to try to release the contents as much as possible but some frozen waste may remain in the bin.  Unfortunately, we will be unable to return to empty the frozen bins and would ask that you please release the contents before adding any more garden waste to the bin.


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Last updated: 20 November 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 November 2018