Garden waste collection

We collect garden waste from domestic properties.

Only the following garden waste materials can be put in your garden bin

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

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

  • meat, cooking fat, oil, wax or waxed packaging (milk or juice cartons) foil,     
  • fruit, salad, vegetable peelings etc.
  • tea bags, tea, coffee grounds and filters
  • egg shells, stale bread and crusts
  • soil, stone, rubble or large amounts of turf
  • any type of animal waste or bedding
  • 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 any non-garden waste items are found in a garden bin it will be deemed contaminated. A contaminated bin will not be emptied. You must remove all contamination before the next scheduled collection.

Additional garden waste bins

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

Annual payment for additional garden bins is due for renewal in July and August. If you have an additional garden bin, you should receive your renewal letter between 2 July and 16 July. This year, you can make your payment online when you submit your form (or if this is not possible for you, over the phone). Please wait until you have received your renewal letter before you make payment.

The payment covers the period 1 August – 31 July each year. This includes the suspension of garden waste collection over the winter.  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. 
Renew and pay your additional garden bin collection Request an additional garden bin

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

Alternatively, you could consider home composting.

Garden waste collection winter suspension 2018 / 2019

The garden waste collection service will be suspended on Sunday 2 December 2018 and will resume the week beginning Sunday 10 February 2019.

Check your bin collection day or download your calendar

Consultation results on annual shutdown of garden waste collection

In 2014/15 Cheshire East Council undertook a consultation on the proposed annual winter shutdown for garden waste. The consultation aimed to assess views of residents about the timing of the shutdown, the length of shutdown and the preferred method of communication to residents.

We received a total of 2,527 responses from across Cheshire East.

The results confirmed that:-

  • end of November – early December were the most preferred options for the shutdown period to start
  • from the success of the 2014/15 shutdown and to offer its residents the best practice it was agreed that 10 weeks would be the optimum period for a shutdown
  • it would be recommended that residents be communicated of start date and duration of the shutdown period via a sticker applied to each bin along with a press release to media channels across Cheshire East with at least one collection advanced notice so residents are able to prepare for the last collection
Summary of the garden waste consultation results


Waste and recycling is now provided by Ansa - a company owned by Cheshire East Council