Garden waste collection

Garden bin collections over Christmas

We will suspend garden waste collections for two weeks over the festive period – between Monday 23 December and Friday 3 January inclusive.

What goes in your garden bin

We collect garden waste from domestic properties.

You can put the following garden waste materials in your garden bin:

  • grass cuttings, lawn edgings and weeds
  • bark
  • twigs and small branches
  • plants
  • leaves
  • hedge clippings
  • cut flowers
  • windfalls from fruit trees

From January 2020 you can put food waste into your garden bin including: 

  • 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

You must not put non-garden waste in your garden bin, including

  • don't put 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 or bedding
  • don't put paper, plastic, glass, metals, leather, plant pots/containers, porcelain, plaster, disposable nappies, ash, vacuum cleaner contents, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, batteries, dyestuffs, textiles, household or garden chemicals, feathers, untreated sawdust, wood shavings and straw.

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 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.

Home composting

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.

Winter collections

We may be unable to collect your waste on the scheduled collection during extreme weather conditions.

Garden bin collections over Christmas

We will suspend garden waste collections for two weeks during the festive period – between Monday 23 December and Friday 3 January inclusive.

Additional garden waste bins

For an annual payment of £52 we will empty an additional garden waste bin on the same day as your first garden bin. Your bins should be put out for collection by 7am on your bin collection day.

Payment for additional garden bins is due for renewal. If you have an additional garden bin, you should receive your renewal letter soon. 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 your additional garden bin collection

The payment covers the period 1 August – 31 July each year. This includes the potential suspension of garden waste collection over the Christmas and New Year period. You can pay online as part of the form.

  • No concession is given for joining part way through the scheme
  • 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. 

Submitting this form will mean we deliver an additional garden bin.

Alternatively, you could consider home composting.


 Our waste and recycling service is provided by Ansa - a company owned by Cheshire East Council