Garden waste bin
Subscriptions for 2023 collections will open again in November. Sign up to our reminder service and we'll let you know when subscriptions open.
Garden waste collections require a subscription and usually take place every fortnight between April and October.
Bin collections start from 7.30am and finish as late as 5pm. You can check your upcoming collections on our bin collection day checker.
If you are having trouble putting out your bin, you can request assisted collections and our crews will collect the bin from your property.
Do not wrap or bag your garden waste before putting it in the bin.
- grass cuttings
- hedge trimmings
- leaves, flowers and plants
- small branches and twigs (less than 5cm diameter)
- small amounts of turf or soil
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.
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.
What's not allowed
- kitchen or food waste
- plastics, including flower pots and seed trays
- pet fouling or cat litter
- large branches, timber or planks of wood
- metal, glass, paper or cardboard
- general household waste
Before you can subscribe to garden waste collections, you need to have a garden waste bin.
If you're eligible for a garden waste bin, you can order a new bin. A new garden waste bin delivery costs £36. You also need to subscribe to garden waste collections if you want the bin emptied.
Not every property in Gateshead is eligible for a garden waste bin. Collections may not be available in your area because:
- we do not currently carry out collections in your area
- accessibility to the street or property is restricted
- it is a commercial or trade property
If you think you should be allowed a garden waste bin, you can request garden waste eligibility.
Once you have ordered your first bin, you can order as many additional garden bins as you want. Each bin needs its own subscription to be collected.
If your bin is lost or stolen, you should order replacement bins. This ensures we have the right records for your property.
If you no longer need your garden waste bin, you can request that we collect it free of charge.
Be aware that if you return your bin and need one again in future, you will need to pay for a replacement bin. The charge is £36 per garden waste bin.
Where possible, we encourage residents to keep their garden waste bins even if they are not using them regularly.
Bins make great garden storage units or they can be used for home composting from fruit and veg peels.
To return a garden waste bin, call our customer services team on 0191 433 7000.
We have now started to send out garden waste bin stickers for 2022 collections.
If you subscribed to the service before 22 March 2022, you should have already received your sticker.
Subscriptions made after 22 March 2022 will be sent garden waste stickers within 15 working days.