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Sign-up to, change or end a paid garden waste collection

Use our online form to set up and pay for a new garden waste service or to make changes such as ending your service or adding additional bins. The 2021 renewal period for Lewes district and Eastbourne residents is now CLOSED. Please start a new service instead.

Please note that this service is only available to domestic households.

Start now

Find full information on the garden waste collection service, including renewal periods, by choosing your council below.

Changes for 2021/22

The way we manage your subscription changed for the collection year starting 1 April 2021.  

We have introduced an annual permit scheme where you will be sent a unique permit in the form of a sticker once your payment has been made. This sticker will also have your collection dates printed on it and will replace the calendars previously posted to you by the council.

It is really important to place your unique sticker permit on the front of your bin as this will show the collection crew you are a fully paid up member of the service for 2021/22.  If you pay for more than one bin you will be given a permit for each bin.

Bins without permits will not be collected.

Please look out for your new permit sticker once you have renewed or joined this service for 2021/22.

Garden waste collections in Lewes district  

The service runs from April each year to the following March, and costs £70 for the year. You will need to renew your subscription each year in order to continue collections.

Members of the scheme receive:

  • a free 240 litre garden waste recycling bin
  • fortnightly collections until the following March (there are no collections over the two week Christmas period)
  • a permit sticker for each bin
  • the option to renew the service before April each year

We will usually deliver your bin within four weeks of processing your sign-up, but please bear with us as deliveries are delayed at the moment.

Garden waste renewals

Residents who currently receive garden waste collections will be able to renew their subscription online from 06 January 2022 until 31 March 2022. You will receive a permit sticker for each garden waste bin you renew.

If you do not renew before 31 March, your service will stop and you will have to start a new service. Permits may take up to 10 working days to arrive.



Collection days

We collect garden waste fortnightly. Your collection dates are printed on your permit for convenience.

Frequently asked questions

What if I can't fit all my garden waste in one bin?

If you generate more garden waste than you can fit in one bin, you can now have an additional bin emptied every fortnight for half price. Whether you're new to the service or you're already signed up, you can add an extra bin for just £35 using the online form at the top of this page.

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.

How will you know I have paid for the service?

We will send you a permit to stick on your garden waste bin. This will include your address but not your name. Please follow the instructions on the back of the sticker to affix it to your bin. The sticker needs to be clearly visible to be sure that the collection teams will see it and empty the bin.

When you renew the service we will send you a new permit, which is a different colour for next year's service. Please remember to remove the old permit and replace it with the new one.

When will I get my permit sticker?

If you renew your service between 6 January and 1 March, your permit should arrive by mid-March. If you order after this, please allow 10 working for your permit to arrive before contacting us.

Can I join the service part way through the year?

The service runs from 1 April until 31 March each year. You can join at any time during the calendar year but the full charge of £70 will apply. You will then need to renew again to receive the service from 1 April each year. Renewals for the following years’ service must be paid for in advance, which must be done between 06 January and 31 March. For example if you join in November 2021 you pay £70 until end of March 2022 and will then be required to renew by the end of March 2022 to continue to receive the service from April 2022.

What goes in garden waste bins?

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

  • Grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Shrubs, plants and flowers
  • Brush wood (up to 10cm/4" diameter)
  • House plants

No thanks - we do not accept in your brown lidded 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
  • 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 collections in Eastbourne

The Eastbourne fortnightly garden waste collection service costs £52 per bin per year. If you sign up now, your service will continue until next March when you will have the option to renew.

If you have received this service previously and wish to start collections again, please sign up for the service as normal.

Garden waste renewals

Residents who currently receive garden waste collections will be able to renew their subscription online from 6 January 2022 until 31 March 2022. You will receive a permit sticker for each garden waste bin you renew.

If you do not renew before 31 March, your service will stop and you will have to start a new service. Permits may take up to 10 working days to arrive.



Collection days

We collect garden waste fortnightly. Your collection dates are printed on your permit for convenience.

Frequently asked questions

Why have you started to charge for this service?

We have had 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. 

Can I have more than one garden waste bin?

Yes you can, however please note the cost per bin is £52.

Can I share a garden waste bin with a neighbour?

Yes you can, though the bin would need to be registered to a single property.

What happens if my garden waste bin goes missing?

Please report this to us using the form above (Start now) and we will arrange a replacement bin as soon as we can.

How will you know I have paid for the service?

We will send you a permit to stick on your garden waste bin. This will include your address and not your name. Please follow the instructions on the back of the sticker to affix it to your bin. The sticker needs to be clearly visible to be sure that the collection teams will see it and empty the bin.

When you renew the service we will send you a new permit, which is a different colour for next year's service. Please remember to remove the old permit and replace it with the new one.

When will I get my permit sticker?

If you renew your service between 6 January and 1 March, your permit should arrive by mid-March. If you order after this, please allow 10 working for your permit to arrive before contacting us.

What happens if I move home?

If you move to a different part of Eastbourne please take your bin with you and let us know so we can update your records to make sure your collections continue. If you move house and are unable to take your garden waste bin(s) with you, then we will move them for £15. If you move out of Eastbourne we are unable to offer a refund.

Can I pay monthly?

No. We are only able to accept payment for the full annual fee of £52 per bin.

Can I join the service part way through the year?

The service runs from 1 April until 31 March each year. You can join at any time during the calendar year but the full charge of £52 will apply. You will then need to renew again to receive the service from 1 April each year. Renewals for the following years’ service must be paid for in advance, which must be done between 06 January and 31 March. For example if you join in November 2021 you pay £52 until end of March 2022 and will then be required to renew by the end of March 2022 to continue to receive the service from April 2022.

Can I request an assisted collection for my garden waste? 

You can request an assisted collection at any time here:

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

We can collect loose organic waste such as:
  • Grass cuttings
  • Wood chippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Plant and flower cuttings
  • Branches (up to 10cm/4" diameter)
  • Weeds
  • Roots
  • Leaves
  • Small vegetarian domestic pet bedding (straw, sawdust and hay only)

What can't go in my 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 7am 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.

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.