Our garden waste subscription service is currently closed for new subscriptions

Following Government advice on social distancing, we have seen an increase in demand for our garden waste service as more people stay at home. Unfortunately, under the current circumstances with COVID-19 we are unable to commit to providing new customers with a service- this is because we are reliant on people to deliver wheelie bins to us and also to you, our customers.

This situation will be reviewed in 12 weeks’ time and we will update this information should this position change.

Please note additional bins for existing customers are also included in this closure. If you are moving within the District, or wish to cancel the service, please follow the guidance further down this page.

In the meantime; take a look at some helpful hints and tips on how to compost your garden waste

How much does it cost?

A single yearly fee of £70 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 £2.80 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.

Please note: 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.

Check our Bin Collection page for your collection dates

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.

View the garden waste terms and conditions.

Moving home

If you are staying within Mid Sussex and want to use our garden waste collection service at your new home email gardenwaste@midsussex.gov.uk with both your old and your new home address.

Inform us of your move

Please make sure to let us know of your change of address at least 14 days before the move date. Leave your current garden bin at your old address, and we will deliver a bin to your new address. As this process can take up to 10 working days to complete, it is important that we are told of a change of address as soon as possible

If you are moving out of Mid Sussex please:

  • Complete the cancellation form 14 days before you move
  • Cancel your Direct Debit - but only after telling us of your move by email.
  • Leave your garden bin behind

Cancelling the Service

If you wish to cancel the service, please complete the cancellation section of our online form.

Cancel your Garden Waste subscription

Then leave your garden bin out ready for removal. Ideally we’d like you to leave the bin where your other bins are emptied from, however, if it isn’t suitable to leave it there then it must be placed in a location visible from the road and freely accessibly - i.e not behind a car. If you are unsure of where you should leave it, please ask. Please note this could take up to ten working days to be completed.

Update Direct Debit Information

If you are currently a subscriber to the garden waste service, and you need to change/amend your Direct Debit details please complete the Direct Debit section of our online form.

Garden Waste

Please make sure that you update any details well in advance of any money being called for. Ideally it should be done by the 1st day of the month before it’s due. i.e. if your Direct Debit is due on 1st March, please complete the form by 1st February. Should you need any more information please get in contact with us.

More information

What shouldn't I put in my garden bin?

Japanese Knotweed

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:

Ash Dieback

Ash dieback is a disease of ash trees caused by a leaf fungus spread by airborne spores and physical contact.

More information:
How do I know if I'm living in an ash dieback infected area?

As well as the link above, a map showing locations is available on the DEFRA website.

I have leaves from an infected tree / I live in an area where ash dieback 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 dieback?

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


Contact us

Online Enquiry Form

Waste Management Team
Tel: 01444-477440
Email: wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 27 March 2020