Garden waste service

Garden waste service


Welcome to the Garden Waste Service for 2022. The charge is £41.

New customers can join the scheme from 11 January 2022 via our online form.

Existing customers can also renew from 11 January 2022 if you have your reference number via the online payment system. Please renew by the end of February 2022 in order to be on the rounds for the start of collections. You need to pay before collections begin.

Renewal letters will also be sent throughout January 2022.  

Collections will start from  8 March 2022 and run to December 2022, depending on what round you are on.



As per the terms and conditions there are no refunds for missed collections.

Please note that in busy times it might take you a bit longer to get through on the phones and get email replies, so please be patient.

  • If you need to report a missed collection you must use the online forms

  • If you do need to email us at please make sure you provide your name, full address and garden waste reference number if you have one.  Please do not use the email to report missed collections. Thank you.


The Service

Be a greener gardener and recycle your waste using the Newcastle City Council garden waste collection service. For just £40 per year, we can collect your garden waste for you.


For full terms and operating conditions please view our service standards. By paying for this service it means you are accepting these terms and conditions.

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Joining the Garden Waste Scheme

Our Garden Waste Service starts annually each Spring. Existing customers can renew and new customers can sign up when the scheme re-opens.

The service costs £41 per collection period and if you sign up at the start of the scheme you will get 20 collections. If you join later in the year, you will receive fewer collections.

You can make a one off payment online.


What is my reference number?

If you are an existing customer your reference number will be printed on your renewal letter. You will need this reference number to pay online.  If you have lost your reference number you will need to email 

If you are a totally new customer and want to make a card payment you can get your reference number from our online forms. Just enter your address and the system will get the number for you. You can only do this if you are new customer.

If you are in a new build property (built in the last 18 months) you may need a reference number generated by the back office teams before you can pay. Please email who will start the process for you. Please note this can take about a week during peak times and this depends on the new property data being loaded into the mapping systems.


Report a missed garden waste collection

Before contacting us to report a missed collection, please ensure:

  • The correct bin was put out for collection on the correct date.

  • The bin was at the kerbside or the designated collection point by 6.30am.

  • The bin was not too heavy to be lifted by the collection crew.

  • The correct items were in the bin. Check items here

Please note, we use an automated system which records when streets are serviced by our collection vehicles. If the system shows your street was serviced on the correct day, we will assume your bin was not out and will be collected on the next planned collection day.

If you did put the correct bin out, it wasn't overloaded and was on the kerbside by 6.30am, please contact us the next working day after your collection day and the depot managers will investigate.

As per the terms and conditions there are no refunds for missed collections.

There are no refunds for collections where all the waste did not fall out of the bin into the vehicle.


What can I put in my brown bin?

Photo showing correct garden waste in a brown bin

Find out what you can put in green, blue and brown bins.

When will garden waste be collected?

You can check your bin day online.

If you have recently joined the scheme you will get a calendar on the back of your sign up letter. Please do not lose this! Your calendar will tell you when your collections start. Please note this can vary a bit depending on what round your on.  

Collections do not start as soon as you make payment. It can take 2  weeks to be processed and to get your sticker pack.

If you are an existing customer and you renew before the cut off, your collections will continue as normal. Customers who pay after this date may get break in their service.

Crews work from 6.30am till 4.30pm. Please note that crews may not come at exactly the same time each week, so make sure bins are always out for 6.30am on collection day.


What if I move house within Newcastle - will I have to pay again?

Yes, the scheme relates to a collection service from a particular property or household. The service is not transferable either within or outside of Newcastle. The payment is for the collection service at the property.   There are no refunds if you leave the area or move house. You will have to pay again at your new address when it is open for new sign ups.  There are no exceptions to this.

What if I move out of the area?

If you move house, please leave the empty garden waste bin at the property. There are no refunds if you leave the area or move house. There are no exceptions to this.


How do you know who has paid for the service?

You will be sent a sticker which you will need to stick to your bin underneath the handles at the back. Our collection crews will also have details of all residents who have paid for the service and will only empty bins with the correct stickers on them. Remember to mark the bin with your house or flat number, or house name.



How do I return an unwanted brown bin?

Please phone 0191 2787878 and ask for "Your Local Services" to request collection of an unwanted brown bin. Please note the bin must be empty. Please also put a note on the bin to say "no longer wanted."


Can I get assistance moving my bin?

If you already receive assistance to put out your green waste bin, you will automatically receive a assistance with your garden waste bin. If not, find out about the assisted lift service.


What happens to the collected waste?

Garden waste is taken to our composting facility at Sandhills near Walbottle to be recycled and turned into high quality soil conditioner.  It is shredded, mixed and turned. Find out more on the Sandhills web page.

You can purchase this soil conditioner to use in your own garden.

Contact us

You can contact the garden waste service by:

  • Online forms:  Please use these forms to check about missed collections or ordering replacement bins.
  • Email: Please provide your postal address and account number if you have one when contacting us by email.
  • Phone: 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'garden waste.'
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