Garden waste collection
We collect garden waste from your garden waste bin for £30 per year and £30 each for any additional bins (up to 4 extra).
Registration for the 2017/18 garden waste scheme is now open. The scheme runs from 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018.
Renew your membership
Existing customers should have received a renewal notice.
If you've got your renewal notice with your 8-digit reference number, renew your membership here.
Register as a new customer
New customers can join the garden waste scheme here.
Not sure what area you're in?
If you're unsure which local authority collects your garden waste, see the garden waste collection map.
Frequently asked questions
Answers to the commonly asked questions about the garden waste collection service provided to some residents of Newark and Sherwood.
How do I join?
New customers can apply to join on 1 February 2017.
Can I pay for more than one bin?
Yes, the cost of the first bin is £30 and each extra bin will cost you £30 per year. You can register for a maximum of 5 as long as these are for your own property.
What areas are covered by the scheme?
Residents in the following areas can join the scheme: Alverton, Averham, Bleasby, Bulcote, Caythorpe, Cotham, East Stoke, Elston, Epperstone, Farndon, Fiskerton Cum Morton, Gonalston, Gunthorpe, Halloughton, Hawton, Hoveringham, Kilvington, Lowdham, Oxton, Rolleston, Staunton in the Vale, Staythorpe, Syerston, Thorpe and Thurgaton.
The service is also provided in some postcodes in Newark, Balderton and Fernwood, with slightly different terms and conditions.
If I register for the scheme half way through the year, do I get a discount?
No, the price is £30 for the year (1 April to 31 March) regardless of when you join the scheme.
What happens if I move house within the garden waste scheme area - do I pay again? Does my bin go with me? Do I get a discount or money back if I leave the scheme area?
If you move house, there may already be a garden waste bin there which will have been paid for by the previous occupiers. If not, contact us and we'll provide one and transfer your service to your new address. Do not take your garden waste bin with you when you move.
My garden waste bin is damaged – can I have a new one?
Yes, please contact us online for a new bin or call us and we will arrange for a new one to be delivered to you.
I would like a compost bin instead, do you sell them?
If you want to give composting a try it couldn’t be easier as residents can buy reduced price composters through Getcomposting. These composters are a great alternative for residents who tend to produce less garden waste.
What do I do with my garden waste if I don’t want to pay for the service?
We hope you feel that a charge of £30 is good value compared to the hassle of going to the tip. However, if you do not want to be in the scheme you will need to make your own arrangements to dispose of garden waste by either home composting it, or taking your garden rubbish to one of the household waste recycling centres.
If I don’t want the garden waste collection service, can I put my garden waste in my general household waste bin?
Yes you can, but we would discourage this – your household waste bin would soon fill up and you wouldn’t have room for your household waste. It’s also better for the environment to compost this waste. For an alternative to having your green waste collected, you might want to try home composting instead.
How will you know who has paid?
Residents that have paid for the garden waste scheme will be issued with a wheeled bin with a sticker attached to the rear of the bin. The Council will keep records of who has paid and will only be collecting bins from those homes that have paid.
I am on benefits – do I still have to pay? Are there any concessions?
As the cost covers the collection costs, there are no concessionary rates.
Will this scheme apply to village halls, community centres, churches and other such facilities?
Yes it will as the Council has adopted a no concessions approach.
Can my garden waste be collected from my door?
If you are eligible for assisted collections (because you have difficulties moving the waste), you will also receive assisted collections for garden waste. Request an assisted collection.
Can I share a bin with my neighbour?
Neighbours who work together to provide a service to the community and need to share a bin, should contact us to discuss their requirements.
What’s to stop other people in the neighbourhood swapping my bin with theirs?
Your will have a sticker attached identifying that your bin is paid for and you can write your address onto this sticker - there is nothing we can do to stop residents moving bins around but we have not experienced any problems with this.
What if I live in a flat and have a shared garden?
We are happy to continue providing a garden waste collection service for flats - at a charge of £30 per year for the first garden waste bin, and £30 per year for any extra garden waste bins. Please contact us if you would like advice on how to go about organising garden waste collection for a multi-occupancy property.
What if I'm renting and / or am not responsible for the garden where I live?
Please tell the person responsible for your garden about the charge. They can then make the choice about whether to pay to continue having the garden waste from your property collected.
When is my garden waste bin collected?
Please make sure the bin is out ready for collection by 7am.
What can be placed in the garden waste bin?
Plastic of any description
Large quantities of soil
Twigs and small branches
Bricks or rubble
Weeds with soil shaken off
Any household waste
Flowers and plants
Leaves and bark
Any food waste
For an alternative to having your green waste collected, you might want to home compost instead.