Green waste

We offer two green (garden) waste collection services:

Green Waste Premium (fortnightly wheelie bin)

If you sign up to the Green Waste Premium service, we provide a wheelie bin for your garden waste.

Renew or sign up for your Green Waste Premium service online

If your property is not on the wheelie bin service for non-recycling and recycling we will provide you with bags instead.

The service costs £96 per year, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Please read the refund procedure for bookings.

If you sign up after April 2018 the cost for the year ending 31 March 2019 will be as follows:

Month (2019) Cost
May £88
June £80
July  £72
August  £64
September  £56
October £48
November  £40
December £32
January £24
February £16
March  £8


This bin can be used all year round.

You can use the bin for your (real) Christmas tree, which you need to put next to your brown bin in January.

In previous years, we reduced our green waste collections to 3 per week during the winter season. From winter 2019, the service will not be reduced and we will continue with 5 collections per week, so your collection date will remain the same every fortnight.  

You can check your Green Waste Premium Service collection dates online.

Green Waste bagged collection

If you book a Green Waste bagged collection, you need to put the waste in your own bag or one of our pre-paid bags, and we will collect it.

Book your Green Waste bagged collection online

If you use your own bag, the collection will cost 95p per bag.

If you use our pre-paid bags, we will collect them for free.

You can buy a roll of 20 pre-paid bags for £19 from the cashier desks at Contact Harlow

Please read the refund procedure for bookings. Refunds will not be given for green waste if the bags are contaminated.

Alternatively you can book through Contact Harlow.

You can book a real Christmas tree collection in January 2020 using the Green Waste bagged collection service for just £2.10 a tree.

We will be donating all the Christmas tree fees to St Clare Hospice with Veolia matching every donation. If you want to make an additional donation to St Clare Hospice you can donate on their website 

For an artificial Christmas tree you can book using the Bulky collection service.

What can I put in my Green Waste?

You can put:

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge cuttings, prunings, leaves, bark
  • flowers, weeds
  • branches (must be a maximum size of one metre length and 15cm diameter)

You cannot put:

  • bags inside the Green Waste Premium Service brown wheelie bins
  • large branches or tree stumps
  • Japanese knotweed
  • turf, earth, soil, stones and gravel
  • treated or painted wood and fencing
  • building materials
  • food or kitchen waste including peelings
  • animal faeces and cat litter
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • plastic trays, plant pots, plastic bags and wrappings
  • cardboard
  • hazardous waste

The person collecting the waste must be able to lift bags into the back of the vehicle, so please do not overfill them.

If the green waste is wet, please put less into each bag to reduce the weight.


Home composting is an easy way to reduce your household waste and create an excellent soil conditioner for your garden or house plants. More information on composting