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Garden waste collections

Subscriptions for garden waste collections in 2021 are now open. 

Pay for garden waste collections

Garden waste bin stickers

We have now started to send out garden waste bin stickers for 2021 collections.

If you subscribed to the service before 1 March 2021, you should receive your sticker week commencing 22 March.

If you subscribed between 1 and 22 March, your sticker should arrive in time for your first collection. Collections will start week commencing 5 April.

Anyone who subscribes after 23 March will receive their sticker within 15 days of signing up.

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Garden waste bin collections

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

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

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

Missed garden waste collections in 2020

If you subscribed to the 2020 collection service you will automatically receive a reduction for the three missed collections in 2020 when you sign up for the 2021 service.

If you subscribed before 1 February 2020, you will receive a reduction of £6.20 on next year's subscription. This was the cost of three collections at the early-bird rate of £31.

If you subscribed between 1 February and 24 March 2020, you will receive a reduction of £6.60. This was the cost of three collections at the full price of £33 for 15 collections.

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

Bin checker

Find your next collection date

Bin checker

Missed collection

Report a missed bin collection

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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 their collection area. Find out about requesting an assisted bin collection.

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