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Garden waste bin

Garden waste collections have now started. If you have already subscribed, please use our bin checker or your garden waste calendar to check which day your bin will be collected.

Please help our crews by washing your hands before and after putting out your bins and washing your bin handles where possible. Your support in helping us to maintain and deliver our waste collection services is very much appreciated.

We will be reviewing the service over the coming months and will update you as soon as we have further information on your remaining collections.

Garden waste collections

Subscriptions for garden waste collections in 2020 are now open. 

Collections cost £33 for the whole season. 

You can also register for a My Gateshead account and we'll remember your details the next time you visit.

If you're not sure if you've already subscribed this year, you can use the form to check.

If you subscribed between November 2019 and February 2020 an information pack containing a calendar of collection dates and a sticker to attach to your bin should have already been sent to you. Subscriptions made after this date will normally receive their information packs within 15 working days.

Pay for garden waste collections

Garden waste bin collections

Garden waste is collected every fortnight from April to October, a total of 15 collections.

If you register between November 2019 and 31 January 2020, your first collection will be in April 2020. If you sign up for collections from 1 February 2020 onwards, you will still receive fortnightly collections though you may receive fewer than 15.

Please put your bins out by 7.30am on your collection day. Your bins must have a garden waste collection sticker attached.

Bin stickers

For payments made November to February, information packs containing a calendar of collection dates and a sticker to attach to the bin are issued by the end of March. For payments made from March onwards information packs are issued within 15 working days.

Please use the bin checker to confirm what day you need to put your bin out for collection.

Bin checker

Find your next collection date

Bin checker

Missed collection

Report a missed bin collection

Report it

What can be put in the garden waste bin

You can recycle the following in your garden waste bin:

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge trimmings
  • leaves
  • flowers and plants
  • shrubs
  • small branches (less than 5cm diameter) and twigs
  • turf/soil - small quantities only

Please do not wrap or bag your garden waste before putting it in the bin.

Make sure any loose garden waste is contained within the bin with the lid closed. We won't be able to remove any extra waste left beside the bin.

What should not go in the garden waste bin

Please do not place any of the following items in your garden waste bin as these items will contaminate the load and make it unsuitable for composting.

  • kitchen or food waste
  • stones
  • flower pots and seed trays
  • any plastics
  • pet fouling or cat litter
  • nappies
  • vacuum cleaner contents
  • large branches
  • metal, glass, paper or cardboard
  • timber or planks of wood
  • general household waste

What happens to garden waste after collection

This video shows how Gateshead's garden waste is recycled locally, and how the process is playing a major role in turning Gateshead greener.


Help to move your bin for collection

We understand that some people are not able to move their bins to the collection area. Find out about requesting an assisted bin collection.

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