Get your garden waste collected from outside your home using our garden waste collection service.
The service is for all residents in the Mid Sussex area and costs £65 a year paid by Direct Debit.
How do I sign-up?
- Or download, print and fill in our Garden waste sign-up form.
You should get your garden bin within a month of signing up.
Important information: We cannot pick up your garden waste if your regular rubbish and recycling waste is collected by our smaller 'Garwood' lorry. This is due to problems with access.
How much does it cost?
A single yearly fee of £65 paid in full by Direct Debit. Taken on the first day of the next month after signing up.
The payment is for 25 collections. Costing £2.60 for each collection. It saves many car or van journeys to our recycling point.
You will be given a green-lidded 240 litre garden waste bin. Please note that we recycle our bins. Your garden bin may not always be new.
Any extra garden bins will cost £65 each.
Important information: See Paragraph 18 of our Garden Waste Collection Service Terms and Conditions - 'No refunds will be given if the householder withdraws from the service early for any reason and the service is not transferable from one resident to another' .
How does the service work?
Your garden waste will be collected every two weeks. It may be collected on a different day to your other waste. Please make sure your bin is out from 7am on collection day. Put your bin at the edge of your property.
This information can also be found in your welcome letter.
Important information: Any garden waste that is not in your bin will not be collected. Garden waste will not be collected for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year.
All garden waste is composted by OLUS Environmental.
For more information read our Garden waste service questions and answers.
If you are staying within Mid Sussex and want to use our garden waste collection service at your new home - email firstname.lastname@example.org with both your old and your new home address.
Please take your garden bin to your new home. If there is a garden bin at your new home - leave your bin behind and let us know by email.
If you are moving out of Mid Sussex please:
- Email email@example.com with your old home address and date of moving
- Cancel your Direct Debit - but only after telling us of your move by email.
- Leave your garden bin behind
What shouldn't I put in my garden bin?
Japanese knotweed is a large plant known for quick-growth and for causing a lot of damage. Please take a look at the Royal Horticultural Society Japanese Knotweed page.
More information on non-native plants and harmful weeds:
- GOV.UK: Prevent harmful weeds and invasive non-native plants spreading
- The Environment Agency Managing Non Invasive Plants booklet
Ash Die Back
Ash Die Back is a disease of ash trees caused by a leaf fungus spread by airborne spores and physical contact.
- Forestry Commission Ash Die back information page
- Forestry Commission - picture guide
- Forestry Commission - How to spot Ash Die Back
How do I know if I'm living in an Ash Die Back infected area?
A map showing locations is available on the Forestry Commission website Ash Die Back page.
I have leaves from an infected tree / I live in an area where Ash Die Back has been found. What do I do?
- Never put leaves from an infected tree in your green-lidded garden waste bin
- Leave infected leaves where they fall
- Burn the leaves
- Bury affected leaves in your garden or compost them. Do not move this compost outside your garden
- If none of the above are possible put infected leaves in a sealed bag. Put this bag in your black-lidded rubbish bin
What can I do to help slow down the spread of Ash Die Back?
Do not collect dead leaf litter from anywhere other than your garden. Spores can be transmitted via infected dead leaves and this could infect new areas.
Home composting resources
- How to get a WSCC subsidised compost bin
- Waste Prevention West Sussex - composting
- BBC - Soil composting
- Food Waste Digesters
- Recycle Now compost pages