Garden waste collection


Garden waste collection will resume on Monday 10 January 2022.

Recent increases in Covid-related staff sickness and self-isolation in addition to the ongoing impact of the national shortage of HGV drivers and an increase in the amount of waste produced by households following the Christmas period has affected our ability to complete some collection rounds.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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
  • bark
  • twigs and small branches
  • plants
  • leaves
  • 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.

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.

Christmas tree recycling and collection

Residents may be able to recycle their Christmas tree via the following organisations:

  • East Cheshire Hospice - collecting Christmas trees on 15 and 16 January 2022 in parts of Cheshire East
  • 1st SWC St Andrews Scouts will be collecting trees for recycling from addresses in Wistaston, Willaston, Shavington, Gresty, Weston, Wybunbury, Hough and all CW2 postcodes in Crewe. We can collect your tree for a minimum donation of £5 going towards local Scout funds.
  • St Luke's
    People living in CW postcodes CW1 – CW11 can register at and St Luke’s corporate friends, volunteers and staff will collect your tree for a donation to patient care. If you have any queries call 07964 394963

Real Christmas trees may be added to your garden bin. They must be broken up and must not have any decorations on. Real Christmas trees can also be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Additional garden waste bins

Ordering of additional garden bins suspended.

We are sorry we are currently unable to offer additional garden waste bins. You can still renew your additional garden waste bin.

For an annual payment of £53.50 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 around July. 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

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. 

Alternatively, you could consider home composting.

Contact us

0300 123 5011

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

Page last reviewed: 20 August 2021