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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

Our online form is currently unavailable. To set up, make changes or end a green garden waste service, please call us.

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.

Garden waste collections in Lewes district  

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

Garden waste collection days

  • Seaford North: normal collections are every other Tuesday
  • Seaford South: normal collections are every other Tuesday
  • Newhaven, Denton and South Heighton: normal collections are every other Wednesday
  • Peacehaven, Telscombe and East Saltdean: normal collections are every other Wednesday
  • Lewes and Kingston: normal collections are every other Thursday
  • Rural West - Ditchling, Plumpton and Wivelsfield: normal collections are every other Thursday
  • Ringmer and Glynde: normal collections are every other Friday
  • Rural East - Barcombe, Chailey and Newick: normal collections are every other Friday

Ringmer and Glynde garden waste collection dates Lewes District Council

Ringmer and Glynde garden waste collection dates Lewes District Council
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Paid garden waste collections in Eastbourne

From April 2018 the Eastbourne garden waste collections will become a paid service, costing £52 per year.

We will contact everyone who currently receives the service in early 2018 with details of how sign up for the paid service.

In the meantime if you would like to express an interest in continuing to receive the service after April 2018 please join our email mailing list via our ‘Keep me posted’ service. We will email you as soon as you are able to sign up for the paid service.

We are having to make this change to protect essential front line services in the face of reductions to the council’s funding from central government. By becoming a paid service it means that in the future only customers of the service fund it, rather than it being funded by council tax.

If you would like to split the cost with a neighbour you can do this but the bin would need to be registered at a single property.

If you would like additional garden waste wheelie bins for your property these will be available at £52 per bin.

If you no longer wish to receive the service after April 2018 you do not need to do anything. We will not take your garden waste bin away unless you ask us to via www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/contact-us

Garden waste collections in Eastbourne borough

We provide an opt-in garden waste service to residents of Eastbourne. This is currently free but will be a paid for service from April 2018. 

When you sign up you will receive a 240 litre brown wheeled bin when you opt-in to the service. 

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.