Garden waste

Resumption of garden waste collections

East Suffolk Council has set a date for the resumption of its garden waste collection service. Operations will restart on Bank Holiday Monday May 25, following an earlier suspension due to the impact of COVID-19, and all subscribers will receive their first collection during the subsequent fortnight. The council has taken the decision to restart the service having been satisfied that criteria to ensure the safety of operatives have been met.

In a large, rural district, with over 50,000 subscribers, managing collections whilst implementing social distancing is a considerable challenge. However, we are satisfied that we can deliver the service, while also ensuring that no more than two operatives are in each vehicle cab at any given time.

Full details of the restart, including any changes to collection dates and payments or renewals will be confirmed shortly. Subscribers are asked not to call or email the council about their collection at this time – all will be contacted individually in due course to confirm the new arrangements.

Subscribers are also reminded that all garden waste presented for collection must be contained within your allocated bin.

Join our garden waste scheme

The garden waste scheme is an annual subscription service, costing £43.50 per year. Operating all year round, it provides 26 fortnightly collections of domestic garden waste (the same day your recycling bin is emptied) for one bin. Additional bin subscriptions are available at £43.50 each per year plus a £10.50 delivery fee for each new bin required.

Renew an existing garden waste subscription or subscribe for the first time

Home composting

If you find that you have too much garden waste and vegetable waste to fit in your garden waste, bin why not try home composting. Home composting is the most environmentally friendly and most cost effective way to deal with your garden and vegetable waste.

Alternatively, you can take garden waste to a Suffolk County Council household waste recycling centre.

What happens to my garden waste?

The waste collected in the garden waste bins is delivered to the 'in vessel' composting facility at Parham. It is mixed and chopped before being put in large steel drums which continually rotate to mix and aerate the waste. This accelerates the composting process in a controlled environment. The resulting soil improver is then screened and pasteurised before being despatched.

The end product is fully compliant with waste disposal legislation and is high in many essential plant nutrients desirable to local farmers for crop production and so is an attractive alternative to artificial fertiliser. It also has the additional benefit of increasing organic matter in the soil.