Garden Waste Collection Service FAQs
Please note: our garden waste service is currently at full capacity. We have set up a waiting list for those that would like to join the scheme when a space becomes available. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please email us with your name, address and a contact number. We will then contact you when there is an opening.
If you can't compost at home, the scheme allows your waste to be removed and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way by turning it into compost.
The most cost effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your garden waste is to home-compost it. If you don't have the time or the space to home compost effectively, the Garden Waste scheme will take your waste away for you.
East Sussex County Council offers a range of subsidised composters and food waste digesters with options to suit all kinds of situations - telephone: 01273 482323 or visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk.
Alternatively, garden waste can still be taken to the Household Waste Recycling sites located off Bexhill Road (A259) between St Leonards and Glyne Gap/Ravenside Retail Park or the Mountfield site located on London Road (A2100), between Battle and John's Cross.
The Garden Waste service currently costs £66 for a 12 month period from the start of membership.
Our garden waste service is now at full capacity. We have set up a waiting list for those that would like to join the scheme when a space becomes available. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and a contact number.
You will also need to fill out a direct debit mandate for us to be able to process your application.
The Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 allow for a charge to be made for the collection of garden waste. This makes sure that residents who do not have a garden, who home compost already, or do not wish to use this service do not pay for it through their council tax.
Please contact us in writing or by email. Alternatively if your payment has not been received before the due date, collections will cease.
Please contact us in writing by post or email, providing your new details and we will arrange to transfer or cease your collection.
No refunds are given for early cancellations.
The Garden Waste bins are the same size and type as the standard household refuse and recycling bins used across the town. They have a capacity of 240 litres and measure 1075mm (42.3 inches) high, 580mm (22.8 inches) wide and 725mm (28.5 inches) deep.
Garden waste bins can only be delivered to your property and are not available for collection.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer smaller bins for this scheme.
The bins will be collected fortnightly, including bank holidays, but collections will be suspended over the two-week period that covers Christmas and New Year.
We will make every effort to complete or reschedule collections but do reserve the right to suspend collections in the event of severe weather conditions or events beyond our control.
Your collection arrangements will be confirmed on delivery of your bin.
You can put the following items in your Garden Waste bin:
- loose grass cuttings
- wood chippings
- hedge trimmings
- small branches (less than 100mm/4inches in diameter)
- cut flowers
- plant cuttings
Remember that these should be placed loose in the bin - please don't bag anything up.
You shouldn't put any of the following items in your Garden Waste bin:
- large branches (more than 100mm/4 inches in diameter)
- kitchen waste of any sort
- shredded paper
- animal waste
- bagged material
- inorganic material eg plastics
No, all garden waste needs to be loose. All materials are shredded and bags would contaminate the compost.
The bin will not be emptied and the collectors will leave you a bin hanger to indicate why. You will need to remove any items not on the list from the bin and put the bins out again for your next collection. The lid on your bin needs to be closed so it can be collected quickly and cleanly.
No, we will only be able to take garden waste that is in the bin. Any additional waste put out by the side of the bin, for example in bags or boxes, will not be taken. If you find that you regularly have more garden waste than fits into the bin, we can provide a second bin at an additional charge.
No. Our current composting facilities are unable to take these items.
We suggest you compost these in a Home Compost bin which are available at very low prices from East Sussex County Council; telephone: 01273 482323 or visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk.
The maximum load is 100kg. As a general rule if the bin is too heavy to push then we won't be able to collect it.
You need to leave the bin at the edge of your property within one metre (three feet) of the boundary between your property and the public highway, clearly visible and unobstructed for our contractors to collect. We need it to be put out by 7am on the day of collection, which is when our contractors will start collecting them.
Garden waste needs to be loose in the bins and can be very heavy.
All properties requiring assistance will need to be assessed and approved before collections commence. Properties that receive assistance with their Twin Bins will not automatically qualify for an assisted garden waste collection.
If your bin is not emptied, despite being correctly presented, most residents report this via my.hastings.gov.uk. For us to return we need you to report any missed collections after 8.00 pm on the day of collection or the following working day via my.hastings.gov.uk. Unfortunately if it is reported after this time we cannot send our crew back.
If your bin was not presented on the boundary of your property or it was contaminated with incorrect materials, you will need to wait for your next collection.
The compost material is used to make various grades of soil conditioner which is used in the landscaping industry and for crop growing. This is available to purchase at the Pebsham Household Waste and Recycling site, off Bexhill Road.
If you want to share a bin with a neighbour, that's fine, but we will need one property to collect the bin from and invoice. This is a good way to spread the cost of the bins if you aren't producing that much garden waste.
Most residents report damaged or stolen bins via my.hastings.gov.uk. We will arrange for a repair or a replacement bin to be provided. Hastings Borough Council reserves the right to charge for lost or damaged bins.
Yes, this is to ensure that only residents who have paid for the scheme receive collections.
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