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Garden waste

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.

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Garden Waste Renewals

Currently, Lewes district residents receive an invoice for renewals. You cannot renew before receiving your invoice. Once you receive this, you can find all options on how to pay for your renewal, including online and by phone on our Pay a general invoice page

Eastbourne residents garden waste service renewal is not yet due (1st January to 28th February 2019).

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  

The service costs £70 for 12 months, and you can opt-in at any time. Members of the scheme receive:

  • a free 240 litre garden waste recycling bin
  • fortnightly collections for 12 months (there are no collections over the two week Christmas period)
  • the option to renew the service after a year

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

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 using the online form at the top of this page. Your first bin will be charged at £70 per year, and any additional bins will cost just £35 per year, for two bins this works out to just £2.01 per week.

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
  • 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

  • Kingston: alternate Mondays
  • Telscombe, East Saltdean: alternate Mondays
  • Seaford North: alternate Tuesdays
  • Seaford South: alternate Tuesdays
  • Newhaven, Denton, South Heighton: alternate Wednesdays
  • Peacehaven: alternate Wednesdays
  • Lewes: alternate Thursdays
  • Ditchling, Plumpton, Wivelsfield: alternate Thursdays
  • Ringmer, Glynde: alternate Fridays
  • Barcombe, Chailey, Newick: alternate Fridays

Garden waste collections in Eastbourne

From 1 April 2018 the Eastbourne fortnightly garden waste collections became a paid service, costing £52 per bin per year.

To join the chargeable service please sign up using the 'start now' button above. You can sign up for the service between 1st April and 31st December at a cost of £52 per bin. The service renews on 1st April each year but you need to renew and pay in advance between 1st January to 28th February 2019. You cannot apply or renew during March 2019.

If you do not renew during this period, the service will be cancelled from 31st March 2019 and you will need to reapply.

We collect garden waste fortnightly. There will be no collections for two weeks over the Christmas period.

Frequently asked questions

Why are you starting 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.

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.

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 out of Eastbourne we are unable to offer a refund.

Can I pay monthly?

We are only able to accept payment for the fee of £52 per bin.

Can I join the service part way through the year?

You can join at any time up to 31st December. The service will continue until the end of March. Renewals for the following year's service must be paid for in advance, which can be done between 1st January and 28th February only. 

What should I do if I don't want to take up the paid service?

If you currently receive garden waste collections and you don’t want 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. Please note, if you ask us to take your bin away it must be empty.

If you do not want to sign up for the service now but would like us to add you to our garden waste mailing list please sign up to our ‘Keep Me Posted’ service: 

Keep me posted

Can I request an assisted collection for my garden waste? 

You can request an assisted collection at any time here:

What happens if my garden waste bin goes missing?

Please report this to us and we will arrange a replacement bin as soon as we can.

Request a replacement bin

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.