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Garden waste collection

Garden waste goes in the green wheelie bins for collection. Each household with a garden waste collection is entitled to have a green wheelie bin. The first green wheelie bin is free; you can buy up to two more bins. Garden waste collections are every fortnight in spring and summer and once a month during winter. The recycling calendar shows garden waste collection dates. Set garden waste bins, no more than three, on the kerb or collection point by 7am on collection days.

Use your postcode to search for a copy of your recycling calendar.

We collect and recycle garden waste from 17,571 households in Eden. The recycling rate is 50.64% (May 2018).

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

You can put the following materials into your garden waste bin:

  • grass clippings;
  • plants;
  • flowers;
  • leaves;
  • hedge cuttings;
  • twigs;
  • small branches;
  • real Christmas trees; and
  • weeds.

What to do with soil and compost

Do not put soil, compost, grass sods or turf into garden waste bins. We will not empty waste bins that contain these items.

Take soil or compost to a Household Waste Recycling Centres at Flusco, near Penrith or Hobsons Lane at Kirkby Stephen.

How often do you collect garden waste?

We collect garden waste bins every two weeks between March and November and once a month during December, January and February. Only place the green wheelie bins we supply on the kerb or collection point. We will not empty any other bin.

How will I know when to put my garden waste bin out for collection?

Use your postcode to search for a PDF copy of your recycling calendar it will tell you which day to set your garden waste bin out for collection. In the calendar, there is recycling information about what to put in the bags, box, and bin we supply. When the calendar is about to go out of date we will post a new recycling calendar to you.

I am not able to move my garden waste bin myself

Apply for help with garden waste collection online if you find it difficult to move your garden waste bin. You can arrange for us to collect your bin from outside your home.

Can I have another garden waste bin?

We will replace stolen or damaged garden waste bins free of charge. We will collect an empty damaged bin when we deliver a replacement bin.

Order a garden waste bin online to replace a damaged or stolen bin.

Buy an extra garden waste bin online for £45 each. Each household can have up to three bins. We will empty a maximum of three garden waste bins in a collection.

Why is my garden waste bin still full, the collection has been?

Report a garden waste bin not emptied online if your bin was set out by 7am on the collection day shown on the recycling calendar or telephone Customer Services on the number at the bottom of this page.

Can I have a garden waste collection the same as my neighbours?

Apply for a garden waste collection online if all the properties in your area receive a garden waste collection, we will consider if you can join the scheme.

Can I have my garden waste collected?

Apply for a garden waste collection online if you live in a new property in an area of Eden with a garden waste collection, we will consider if you can join the scheme.

Not on the garden waste scheme

Compost your garden waste at home, in a bin.

Take garden waste to a village skip.

Take garden waste to a household waste recycling centre, at Flusco or Kirkby Stephen.

Composting garden waste

Composting gives details on buying a bargain compost bin, how to mix your compost for best results and advice on composting problems.

What happens to the garden waste? Is it recycled?

We take garden waste to:

They turn the garden waste into compost. You can buy compost made from garden products from A W Jenkinson.