Don't forget, waste collections will be a day later than usual all this week after the spring bank holiday.
Recycling and rubbish collection days are also changing for some households in Mendip and South Somerset. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

Introduction

We offer fortnightly garden waste collections to subscribers. Subscribers can use pre-paid 180-litre wheeled bins or 90-litre compostable paper sacks.

Use our online form to:

  • order bins or sacks
  • renew a subscription
  • check the status of your garden subscription
  • move or cancel a garden subscription
  • order more sacks
  • order a replacement bin
  • request a garden waste bin to be removed

Use the form below to check the status or expiry date of your existing subscription.

We issue annual renewal notices by email to subscribers. This is usually in the first week of the month prior to the subscription expiry date. For example, January renewal notices will be sent out for those expiring in February.

Refunds cannot be issued for cancelling the service during the year. Make sure you check the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page before placing an order.

The garden waste service is suspended for two weeks after Christmas every year. The cost of a subscription takes this into consideration. Garden waste collections may also be suspended during periods of severe weather.

Charges

From 1 April 2024, the price of a wheeled bin subscription will be £68 and the price for packs of ten garden waste sacks will £33.60. These prices are valid until 31 March 2025.

Please read the service terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.

Request a garden sack collection

This form has 4 pages and will take approximately 3 to 4 minutes to complete

When are my collection days?

Subscribers can check collection days online with the My Collection Day search engine

Check your next collection day

This form has 1 page and will take approximately 1 minute to complete.

Missed collections

Report a missed collection

This form has 4 pages and will take approximately 2 to 3 minutes to complete.

What we collect

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Garden waste – What do we take?

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  • Flowers, plants, grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings
  • Small branches (less than 15cm or 6 inches in width) and bark
  • Straw or sawdust (if bedding material, then only small quantities from household vegetarian pets, such as rabbits and hamsters, but not from micro-pigs, aviary birds, chickens, or pigeons)

Please do not put any of the following out with your garden waste:

  • Plastics, including plastic plant pots and plastic bags
  • Metal, glass, stone, rubble, ceramics, soil, turf, compost or clay flower pots
  • Compostable or biodegradable bags or other containers
  • Food or food waste, vacuum cleaner waste, nappies
  • Cat litter, dog or cat waste, dead animals
  • Bedding materials or waste from micro-pigs, chickens, pigeons, aviary birds
  • Material treated with herbicides containing aminopyralid, clopyralid, picloram or similar persistent chemicals (follow manufacturer’s guidance on disposal of vegetation)
  • Treated wood; material with Ash Dieback (Charala Fraxinea)
  • Injurious plants including common Ragwort, Broad-leaved Dock, Curled Dock, Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle
  • Plants affected by honey fungus, should instead be burned
  • Invasive plants, including Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron Ponticum, New Zealand Pigmyweed

Garden Waste guidance

Please leave your bins or sacks at the edge of your property by 7am on collection days (collection times can vary) and no earlier than the night before. Bin lids must be closed when put out for collection. Do not to obstruct pavements or roads, and take bins back in as soon as possible after collections.

Garden waste sacks come in packs of 10 and can be ordered using the My Waste Services feature.

For sacks to be collected, you must request a collection using My Waste Services before midday on the day before your scheduled collection day.

Garden waste should not be put out for refuse collections. We do not advise burning garden waste, as this can cause pollution and local nuisance.

Your garden waste goes to one of several composting sites in Somerset, including Dimmer and Walpole, where it is shredded, and turned into compost.

The end-product is sold as revive soil conditioner through all recycling sites.

Why we charge and what we do with all your garden waste

Collection charges are set to cover the costs of the service and mean only people using the service pay, rather than all council tax payers. Charging is also an incentive for home composting, the ideal option, or to take garden waste to a recycling site.

Terms and Conditions

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Somerset Council carries out garden waste collections in Somerset in fulfilment of its duties under section 45 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This contract sets out the basis on which we will provide the Garden Waste Collection Service to residents.

Status of this agreement

1. This agreement forms a binding contract between Somerset Council and you. By subscribing to the Garden Waste Collection Service you agree to be bound by the terms set out here. Acceptance of the terms does not affect your statutory rights.

Price, payment and duration

2. The Garden Waste Collection Service is an annual subscription service. When you register for the Garden Waste Collection Service, Somerset Council will confirm the start date of the service. Part-year subscriptions are not available and no refunds will be made for cancellations part-way through the subscription year (except under the circumstances set out in clause 17 below).

3. The price of the annual subscription to the Garden Waste Collection Service is detailed on Somerset Council’s website at Garden Waste Collections

4. Somerset Council will write to you 30 days before the end of your annual subscription setting out the charge that will be payable for the Garden Waste Collection Service for the following year. If you wish to cancel your subscription rather than renew it, you must give Somerset Council 30 days’ notice of cancellation before the subscription expires.

Provision and ownership of bins

5. If you are a new subscriber to the service or you have moved to a new property delivery of a bin (or bags) and commencement of collections may take up to 10 working days following your registration.

6. Somerset Council will provide you with a 180-litre bin for use with the Garden Waste Collection Service. Bins remain the property of Somerset Council. If the bin that has been provided to you is lost, stolen or damaged you may be charged the cost of replacement.

Acceptable use and location of the collection

7. Only certain materials should be placed in the bin (or bags) for collection. The table at the end of this contract sets out which materials are accepted, and which are not. Somerset Council will not empty bins (or bags) which contain waste which cannot be accepted.

8. Somerset Council will not empty bins (or bags) where staff reasonably consider there is a risk of personal injury or damage to the bin, the collection vehicle, or other property for any reason including, for example, excess weight (Over 40kg in weight) or frozen contents. Where a collection is refused for this reason your bin will be tagged with an explanation for non-collection. The householder must reduce the weight of the contents or otherwise remove the risk before the bin (or bags) will be emptied at the next scheduled collection.

9. Somerset Council’s decision on whether a bin or bag will be emptied where in its reasonable opinion you have not complied with points 7 and/or 8 above will be final, and an alternate collection will not be arranged nor compensation provided.

10. The Garden Waste Collection Service is only provided to domestic properties (i.e. those which fall within the definition of “dwelling” in section 3 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992). Collections will not be made from any property other than the property to which your subscription relates. Where you move to another property within Somerset and you wish to transfer your subscription to the new address you must give Somerset Council 10 days’ notice of the change of address.

11. Subscriptions are not available for properties outside the administrative boundary of Somerset. If you move to an address to a property outside Somerset and cancel your subscription you will not be compensated.

Frequency of collections, collection failures, and unforeseen events

12. Garden Waste will only be collected from the bin (or pre-paid Garden Waste sacks) provided. Somerset Council will not collect garden waste which is not in the bin (or pre-paid Garden Waste sacks).

13. Garden waste will be collected once each fortnight on your allocated day. You can find details of your collection dates at www.somersetwaste.gov.uk.

14. The day of collection may be affected by Bank Holidays and exceptional circumstances such as inclement weather. Somerset Council will make all reasonable steps to notify you of a change of collection day in good time but this may not be possible in certain circumstances. Somerset Council will always confirm changes on its website www.somerset.gov.uk/waste/ at the time the decision to make the change is made.

15. Bins (or pre-paid Garden Waste sacks) must be put out before 7.00am on your designated collection day and no earlier than the night before and should be removed as soon as possible after collection. You should not place the bin (or pre-paid Garden Waste sacks) in a way that obstructs pavements or roads.

16. It is possible that during your subscription unforeseen events beyond Somerset Council’s control which affect the operation of the Garden Waste Collection Service may arise. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to:

a) acts of God, flood, drought, earthquake or other natural disasters;

b) epidemic or pandemic, including the effect of government measures to contain and control such outbreaks;

c) terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots, war, the threat of or preparation for war, armed conflict;

d) nuclear, chemical or biological contamination or sonic boom;

e) collapse of buildings, fire, explosion or accident;

f) any labour or trade dispute, strikes, industrial action or lockouts;

g) interruption or failure of utility service.

17. Where any unforeseen event (or similar) detailed in clause 16 above arise Somerset Council reserves the right to vary the Garden Waste Collection Service including by cancelling or rescheduling collections as far as is reasonably necessary under the circumstances. No refund will be provided for cancelled collections under these circumstances. However, where any circumstance arises which prevents Somerset Council from fulfilling this contract for a period of 60 days or more you may cancel your subscription by giving Somerset Council 30 days’ notice in writing. Where you cancel your subscription under these circumstances you will receive a refund, calculated on the basis of the cancelled portion of your subscription.

18. Where a collection is missed for reasons within the control of Somerset Council or its contractor, and Somerset Council is made aware of the missed collection either by you within 5 working days of the scheduled collection or by the contractor Somerset Council will arrange a new collection to take place within 2 working days of the missed collection. No refunds will be provided under these circumstances.

Variation of this contract

19. Somerset Council may vary or amend this contract by giving you 60 days written notice of its intention to do so. Where you receive such notice you may cancel your subscription by providing Somerset Council with 30 days’ notice. Where you cancel under these circumstances you will receive a refund which will be calculated on the basis of the cancelled portion of your subscription.

Annual Service Suspension

20. The Garden Waste Collection Service does not operate for two weeks over Christmas. Your annual subscription has been priced accordingly and no refund will be provided for this period.

Distance selling termination rights

21. Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 you have the right to change your mind about your subscription and cancel your contract within a 14-day period. The 14 days will commence from the day you pay for the subscription. If you should wish to cancel within this period, please e‐mail wasteservices@somerset.gov.uk. Your subscription fee will be refunded within 14 days of your notice of cancellation if you cancel during this period. If your bin has already been delivered where you cancel in this way Somerset Council will contact you to arrange collection of the bin. A charge may be made where the bin has been damaged after delivery to you.

Data Processing

22. In order to administer the Garden Waste Collection Service it will be necessary for Somerset Council and your district council to process certain personal data. All personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Somerset Council, as the administering authority for the Somerset Waste Partnership, will process the subscriber’s personal data on the basis that the processing is necessary for the performance of the Garden Waste Collection Service contract between you and Somerset Council. You can see Somerset Council’s privacy notice.

Last reviewed: May 2, 2024 by Daniel

Next review due: November 2, 2024

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