Welcome to Lewes and Eastbourne Councils' new joint website

Garden waste

We offer an opt-in household garden waste collection service.  The service varies across the region so choose your local council for more information on how it works in your area. It is important that you read the guidance information by selecting the relevant council below before applying.

Sign-up for a garden waste collection

Choose your local council below to set up, make changes or end a green garden waste service.

Home composting

For details on home composting and how to get a reduced price compost bin, food waste digester or water butt, visit East Sussex County Council's composting at home page.

Sign-up for a garden waste collection

To set up, make changes or end a green garden waste service, use our online form.

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We offer a chargeable garden waste service for Lewes District residents. The service costs £70 per year and you can opt-in at any time.

Members of the scheme receive:

  • a 240 litre garden recycling bin
  • fortnightly collections for 10 months of the year (collections are suspended over December and January)
  • scheme membership for 12 months from the date that you register

Bins are delivered to members within fourteen days after payment is received.

What if I don't produce that much garden waste every fortnight?

If you can’t fill a 240 litre wheelie bin every two weeks, you could share the service with a neighbour - and share the cost with them too. You and your neighbour can fill your garden waste bin and leave it out for collection as normal.

What goes in garden waste bins?

Yes please - we accept in your brown garden waste bin:

  • Grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Shrubs, plants and flowers
  • Brush wood (up to 20cm/8" diameter)
  • House plants

No thanks - we do not accept in your brown garden waste bin:

  • Food waste
  • Packaging waste
  • Plastic bags
  • Boulders, bricks, concrete, tiles and ceramics
  • Soil
  • Wire, metal and textiles
  • Treated and painted wood     
  • Japanese knotweed

Please remember:

  • Put your bin at the boundary of your property by 6am on your collection day.
  • Report a missed collection by 5pm the following working day.
  • All garden waste should be put into your bin loose, without plastic bags or sacks.
  • If crews are unable to gain access due to road works, parked cars or adverse weather, they will try to return as soon as possible.  Please leave your bin out until it is emptied.  
  • During periods of extreme weather, please check our website for updates on your collections.

Sign-up for a garden waste collection

To set up, make changes or end a green garden waste service, use our online form.

Start now

We provide a free of charge opt-in garden waste service to residents of Eastbourne. You will receive a 240 litre brown wheeled bin when you opt-in to the service.  If you have limited external storage space, you can request a smaller 140 litre brown.

Garden waste collections are made on alternate weeks.

What goes in garden waste bins?

Yes please - we accept in your brown garden waste bin:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Shrub and flower cuttings
  • Branches (up to 10cm/4" diameter)
  • Weeds
  • Roots
  • Leaves
  • Small vegetarian domestic pet bedding (straw, sawdust and hay only)

No thanks - we do not accept in your brown garden waste bin:

  • Food waste
  • Plastics, such as plant pots and bags
  • Soil, turf and rubble
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Nappies
  • Cat litter and dog waste
  • Treated or painted wood
  • Japanese knotweed

Please remember 

  • Put your bin at the boundary of your property by 6am on your collection day
  • Report a missed collection by 5pm the following working day
  • All garden waste should be put into your brown bin loose, without plastic bags or sacks
  • If crews are unable to gain access due to road works, parked cars or adverse weather, they will try to return as soon as possible.  Please leave your bin out until it is emptied. During periods of extreme weather, please check our website for updates on your collections.