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Garden waste collections suspended until further notice

Due to the government's announcement on social distancing and the need for non-essential services to cease, we are temporarily suspending the Garden Waste collection service.

We appreciate that people have paid for 15 fortnightly collections and may not now receive them all. We will look at this issue once the current situation has subsided and services have returned to normal. 

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

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 will be sent to you by the end of March, ready for collections in April. 

Subscriptions made after this date will normally receive their information packs within 15 working days.

Your bin can be placed out for collection on the scheduled day as soon as your sticker has been attached to your bin.

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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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