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How the garden waste service works

What the garden waste service costs

(2020/21 for a service starting in April 2020)

  • collections are fortnightly
  • a 240-litre wheelie bin in 2020/21 costs £52 for a full year
  • a year's supply of compostable sacks (for properties unable to use wheelie bins only) costs £47 for a full year
  • there are other shorter collection periods available, dependent on when customers subscribe to the service - please see table below

When your garden waste service will start

There are eight different collection periods each year, starting in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and December. Your bin will be delivered in time for your collection service to start.

When your garden waste service will start
Application periodCollection periodCost (bin service)Cost (sack service)
1 November to 28 February April to March   £52  £47 (50 sacks)
1 March to 31 March May to March  £48.50  £43.50 (46 sacks)
1 April to 30 April June to March  £46.50  £41.50 (42 sacks)
1 May to 31 May July to March   £44.50  £39.50 (38 sacks)
1 June to 30 June August to March  £40.50  £35.50 (34 sacks)
1 July to 31 July  September to March   £37  £32 (30 sacks)
1 August to 31 August  October to March  £34  £29 (26 sacks)
1 September to 31 October  December to March   £30  £25 (16 sacks)

The service renewal date for existing customers is 31 March (the final date of your collection period). The garden waste service is subject to terms and conditions, which formalise the arrangement between Dorset Council Waste Services and the customer.

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

  • hedge cuttings
  • grass cuttings
  • twigs and small branches
  • plants
  • cut flowers
  • leaves
  • small amounts of home-grown fruit and vegetables

Apply for the garden waste collection

You will be asked for your address and contact details. If payment is required, you will be asked for your bank card details by our merchant bank, WorldPay.


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