Garden waste collection
We collect garden waste from domestic properties.
Check your bin collection day
What goes in your garden bin
You can put the following garden waste and food waste materials in your garden bin:
- grass cuttings, lawn edgings and weeds
- twigs and small branches
- hedge clippings
- cut flowers
- windfalls from fruit trees
- meat and fish, raw or cooked, including bones
- fruit, salad, vegetable peelings
- tea bags, tea, coffee grounds
- egg shells, stale bread and crusts
- left over food from your plates
- cat and dog food
- hay, straw and wood shavings
You must not put non-garden waste in your garden bin, for example:
- don't put liquid cooking fat, oil, wax or waxed packaging (milk or juice cartons) foil
- don't put coffee filters
- don't put soil, stone, rubble or large amounts of turf
- don't put any type of animal waste
- don't put paper, plastic, glass, metals, leather, plant pots/containers, porcelain, plaster, disposable nappies, ash, vacuum cleaner contents, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, batteries, dyestuffs, textiles, feathers household or garden chemicals.
This is not an exhaustive list. You can see where to dispose of waste on our what waste goes where page.
If we find any non-garden or non-food waste items in a garden bin we will not empty the bin. It will be deemed contaminated. You must remove all non-garden waste materials before the next scheduled collection.
Composting at home is an inexpensive and natural process. You can compost your kitchen and garden waste into nutrient rich food for your garden. You can buy compost bins and accessories by visiting Get Composting.
We may be unable to collect your waste on the scheduled collection during extreme weather conditions.
Additional garden waste bins
You can pay to have an additional garden waste bin collected on the same day as your first garden bin. Your bins should be put out for collection by 6.30am on your bin collection day.
Payment for additional garden bins is due annually. This year, payment for 2023 will be taken around July and there will be a reduced fee of £23.40 to cover the period 1 August 2023 to 31 December 2023 only. (This includes the potential suspension of garden waste collection over the Christmas and New Year period).
This reduced fee is to align with the start of the planned subscription service to collect garden waste. If you wish to have your garden bin collected from January 2024, you will need to subscribe at this time.
Alternatively, you could consider home composting.
You can make your payment online when you submit your form (or if this is not possible for you, over the phone)
You should receive your renewal letter before you make payment.
Renew and pay for your additional garden bin collection
Order your additional garden bin
- No refund is given if you withdraw from the scheme
- We must receive payment before we deliver an additional garden bin.
- The garden bin remains the property of Cheshire East Council.
- You should identify your bin and maintain it in good condition.
- The service is not transferable from one resident to another.
- We offer the service to domestic premises only. Commercial premises are excluded from this scheme.
- We reserve the right to withdraw the service at any time.
- The Council reserves the right to reclaim the additional garden bin from the property if an annual payment is not made in a timely manner or the service is cancelled by the customer. The customer will leave the bin accessible on the property so the Council can reclaim the bin at their convenience.
You can request a bin or report a damaged or lost bin.
Our waste and recycling service is provided by Ansa - a company owned by Cheshire East Council
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Page last reviewed: 19 April 2023
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