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Garden waste collection service

Our garden waste recycling collection service offers fortnightly collections of your domestic garden waste.

Joining the service costs £122.50 (this includes a one-off fee of £44 for the loan of the bin).

If you subscribe to the service, please put your garden waste bin out by 6am on your collection day. Do not overfill your bin or leave additional garden waste next to the bin as this will not be collected.

Check bin collection day

New subscriptions temporarily suspended

New subscriptions have been temporarily suspended while we await new stock. We hope to resume this service by late June.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

How much you pay

Renewing your garden waste subscription service costs £78.50.

Renew online

You can renew online or change to pay by direct debit, which will automatically renew your subscription each year.

Direct debits will be processed within 30 days.

You must be an existing garden waste customer to renew your subscription online.

If you are unsure if you have an existing garden waste subscription, please call us on 01483 523524.

Renew garden waste collection online

Please call the Environmental Services team on 01483 523524 to order an extra garden waste bin and collection.

You will need to pay for the bin and its collection.

How often are bins collected?

Fortnightly, although there are no collections over the Christmas and New Year.

How much does it cost?

Joining the service costs £122.50 (this includes a one-off charge of £44 for the loan of the bin).

How large are the bins?

240 litres capacity (same size as the standard blue recycling bins).

Can I line my garden waste bin or put bags in it?

Please don't line the bin or put bags in it. The bin is mechanically lifted and emptied into the collection vehicle, so it would not be possible to remove the liner from the contents.

Where does the garden waste go for recycling?

To Envar Composting to be made into compost for agricultural use.

Who will clean my wheeled bin if it gets dirty?

As with your other bins, it is your responsibility to maintain them.

If I would like to buy more than one bin, how much is each subsequent bin?

Each bin is the cost of the bin plus a pro-rata charge for the collections left in your current year's subscription. To find this out, please telephone our Environmental Services team on 01483 523524.

If my bin gets damaged, will I have to pay for a new one?

Yes, there will be charge, unless it is reported by the collectors that they have damaged it. If this is the case the contractor will be expected to deliver a replacement. If not, the charge is £44.

Are there subsidies for those on benefits?


What if I have difficulties putting my bins out for collection?

If you're experiencing difficulties in putting your bins out and don't have anyone who can help you, apply for our assisted bin collection service.

Please put your garden waste into your bin loose and do not bag it.

What you can put in

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge cuttings
  • weeds
  • small branches
  • leaves
  • prunings
  • fallen fruit (please don't make the bin too heavy)

Please don't add

  • bags or sacks
  • soil/turf
  • concrete/rubble
  • vegetable peelings
  • kitchen waste
  • animal waste
  • general household waste
  • coal and wood ash

Please put your bin(s) out by 6am on your collection day.

Do not overfill your bin or leave additional garden waste next to the bin as this will not be collected.

You can check and report missed bin collections online, insert your postcode only and click on find address:

Check your collection day and report a missed bin online

1. Main characteristics of service

You have subscribed to a garden waste service to have a fortnightly collection. We do not collect garden waste during the two weeks over Christmas and the New Year. 

The service is a paid service and is for one year from the date you sign up to the service which will be detailed in your confirmation email or letter. Your collection day and first collection date will also be detailed in an email or letter. 

You can check your collection days using our online bin checker or by downloading the relevant calendar from our website

Your brown bin(s) will be delivered to your property and your collection will begin approximately 4 weeks after payment has been made.

2. Who we are 

This service is provided by Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1HR.

3. Contacting us


Call: 01483 523524

4. Partners 

The garden waste service is provided on behalf of the council by Biffa.

5. Costs 

The cost of the service will be advised to you during the sign up process based on your requirements and will include a one-off fee for the loan of the brown bin(s). 

Subsequent renewals for the service will cost £78.50 per annum until reviewed by the council. The cost of a replacement or additional bin will be £44.

6. Payment

The payment for the bin and service are required before the service commences or is renewed. 

7. Complaints 

If you are unhappy with the service you should contact the council as detailed in point 3 above.

8. Cancellation

You have the right to cancel this contract within 14 days of the contract being made without giving any reason.

You will need to send us your decision to cancel in writing. You can send it via:

9. Contract period

The service is for a year's service as detailed in point 1 above.

10. Bin collection

Your bin should be placed where you normally place your refuse and recycling bins for collection.

11. Compliance

The service may be withdrawn without refund if you do not comply with the instructions for the garden waste service. For example, if you add items not accepted as garden waste.