Skip Navigation

How it works

Find out how the garden waste collection service works and how much it costs.

What the garden waste service costs

(2018/19 for a service starting in April 2018)

  • a 240-litre wheelie bin in 2018/19 costs £49 for a full year
  • a year's supply of compostable sacks (for properties unable to use wheelie bins only) costs £44 for a full year
  • there are other shorter collection periods available, dependent on when customers subscribe to the service - please see table below

When your garden waste service will start

There are eight different collection periods each year, starting in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and December. Your bin will be delivered in time for your collection service to start.

Application periodCollection periodCost (bin service)Cost (sack service)
1 November to 28 FebruaryApril to March£49£44 (50 sacks)
1 March to 31 MarchMay to March£46£41 (46 sacks)
1 April to 30 AprilJune to March£44£39 (42 sacks)
1 May to 31 MayJuly to March£42£37 (38 sacks)
1 June to 30 JuneAugust to March£38£33 (34 sacks)
1 July to 31 JulySeptember to March£35£30 (30 sacks)
1 August to 31 AugustOctober to March£32£27 (26 sacks)
1 September to 31 OctoberDecember to March£28£23 (16 sacks)


The service renewal date for existing customers is 31 March (the final date of your collection period). The garden waste service is subject to terms and conditions, which formalise the arrangement between the DWP and the customer.

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

  • hedge cuttings
  • grass cuttings
  • twigs and small branches
  • plants
  • cut flowers
  • leaves
  • small amounts of home-grown fruit and vegetables

Chat with the Dorset Waste Partnership

Apply now

Chat with the Dorset Waste Partnership

Powered by GOSS iCM