Green garden waste collections
Currently we are continuing to provide our Green Garden Waste service during the coronavirus pandemic. We're regularly reviewing the services we can provide and will let you know if there are any changes.
We are currently not taking any new bookings for the Green Garden Waste service.
Unfortunately, due to a shortage of drivers, The Thursday 2 April Green Garden Waste collection will now take place tomorrow, Friday 3 April. We apologise for the inconvenience and we’re doing our best to continue to provide services during this difficult time.
- When we collect your waste
- Waste we collect
- Make sure we can collect your waste
- Your green bins
- Service terms and conditions
- Data protection
- Recycling green garden waste if you don't use our service
- What we do with your green garden waste
When we collect your waste
Collection for 2020 will be from Monday 16 March to Friday 27 November (week 1 collections) and Monday 23 March to Friday 4 December (week 2 collections).
Make sure your bin is out by 6am on the day of collection, otherwise you'll have to wait for the next collection date.
Your new permit will be sent with a letter detailing your scheduled day and week of collection. To help with this we have also printed a calendar with the week of your collection highlighted. You can also check your collection day on our collections page.
Waste we collect
We collect the following garden waste items:
- cut flowers
- grass cuttings
- hedge trimmings
Waste we won't collect
If you have any of these in your bin, we won't empty it:
- fruit fall
- stones and rubble
- general household waste
- food waste (including fruit and vegetable peelings)
- plastic bags
If you put items that are not acceptable into your green bin, we will not be able to empty it and we won't arrange a missed collection. A contamination tag will be placed on the bin explaining that we have not been able to collect, asking that the contaminated items be removed. Photographic evidence may be taken. If your bin is regularly filled with non-green waste, we reserve the right to cease collections and remove the bin permanently, without a refund.
Make sure we can collect your waste
- your waste must be presented at the boundary of your property between 8pm the night before your collection day and 6am on your collection day
- If you forget to put your bin out for collection in the collection period, you'll have to wait for the next collection date
- we only collect waste from green bins we supplied
- the bin handle must face towards your property with the front of the bin facing the road
- your green garden waste permit should be placed on the front of your bin, so it's clearly visible to the crew - place your new permit over the old permit
- waste must be placed loosely in the green bin
- don't put waste in plastic bags in the bin
- waste must fit inside the bin
- the lid must be closed
- we won't collect waste left to the side of the bin
Your green bins
If you sign up for the service but do not have a green bin, we'll issue you with one. If you already have a green garden waste bin from us, you can continue to use it when you sign up for this service.
We only collect waste from green bins we supplied.
If you have a green bin but do not wish to sign up for the service, you may keep it or ask us to collect it from you.
Service terms and conditions
This agreement is made between you, the person registering for the garden-waste collection service (the service); and us, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. By entering into this agreement, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions and to pay for the service.
1. Description of service
1.a The service is only available for kerbside collections from residential properties with their own gardens. The service is not available for business premises, allotments or flats without attached gardens.
1.b Once we have received your payment for the service, we will send you your permit. This will set out the dates your garden waste will be collected. We will also send you a calendar highlighting your collection dates.
1.c If any of the collection dates will change, we’ll tell you beforehand. We will also put notice of the change on this web page.
1.d We offer an assisted garden-waste collection service for residents who are currently receiving assisted collections for their household waste and recycling.
1.e We can withdraw the garden-waste collection service at any time if there are not enough registered customers to cover the cost of providing the service. If this happens, we will refund your payment to the card you used to make it.
2.a The price for the service is £40 a year.
2.b You must pay for the service in advance.
2.c If you do not pay the full amount on or before 14 February 2020, your first collection could be delayed by up to 10 working days. This will reduce the total number of collections provided by the service.
2.d We will not refund the payment for the garden-waste collection service, unless we withdraw the service under clause 1e above.
2.e You must pay for the service by debit card or credit card through our website at www.lbbd.gov.uk. If you cannot pay online, you can use a computer at your local library and get help from staff there.
3. Putting out garden waste
3.a The green bin must be placed in the front garden of your property between 8pm the night before the collection and 6am on the day of the collection. If the bin is not out by 6am, we will not return until the next scheduled collection date.
3.b We cannot collect bins from end-of-terrace side alleyways or mid-terrace alleyways.
3.c The crew must be able to get to the green bin safely, without any obstructions.
3.d The garden-waste permit must be displayed on the front of the green bin. Make sure that the handle of the bin is facing your property and the front of the bin is facing the road, so that the crew can see the permit.
3.e By accepting these terms and conditions you are giving the crew permission to enter your front garden to get and return your green bin.
3.f We will only collect garden waste that is in a green bin with the appropriate permit on the front of it.
3.g Garden waste must be placed loosely in the green bin – do not squash it down. You must not put plastic bags in the green bin. You can put the following in your green bin:
- cut flowers
- weeds and leaves
- grass cuttings
- twigs and hedge trimmings
3.h You cannot put the following in the green bin:
- fruit that has fallen in the garden
- stones or rubble
- general household waste
- food waste (including fruit and vegetable peelings)
If you put items that are not acceptable into the green bin, we will not empty it. You will need to remove the items before we will empty it. We will return on the next scheduled collection date.
3.i If you regularly put unacceptable items in the green bin, we can take the bin off you without giving you a refund.
3.j All the garden waste must be inside the green bin with the lid closed. We will not collect waste that is on or near the bin.
4. Missed collections
4.a If we do not empty the green bins in your area because of circumstances beyond our control (road closures, roadworks, police incidents or accidents and so on), leave the green bin out for two working days. We will return to your property in this time.
4.b If we do not empty your green bin when we have collected others in the area, and this is not because it contains unacceptable items or has not been left for us properly, you must report this to us from 10pm on your normal collection day until 6pm the following working day. Please report this by filling in the missed collection form on our website. If you cannot fill in the form online, call our contact centre on 0208 215 3000. Or you can use a computer at your local library and get help from the staff there. You cannot report a missed collection by email.
4.c We investigate all reported missed collections before we come back out. If we agree to another collection, we will try to do this within two working days of your report. However, this is not guaranteed. We will not refund any amount for missed collections.
4.d Please note that we may take photos of missed collections to make sure that any problems with you not leaving your bin in the correct place, putting unacceptable items in the bin, or any other issues, can be solved. However, there may be some circumstances where we cannot take photographs.
4.e If you have correctly reported two or more missed collections, we will place your address on our monitoring list. For the next two collections, a supervisor will visit and check that your bin has been emptied. If it hasn’t, the supervisor will take a photo to record this and any possible reason why.
5. Unwanted green bins
5.a If you do not want to use the garden-waste service, we will take back your green bin. If you sign up to the service you should keep using the green bin you already have.
5.b We keep a stock of recycled 140-litre green bins and distribute these to new customers who do not currently have a green bin.
5.c Your green bin will remain our property, unless you have bought a 240-litre bin from us and have proof of this.
5.d You are allowed to have up to three green bins. Each bin will need to display a permit that costs £40.
6. Moving home
6.a You can transfer the service to a new address if this is within the borough. You must give us proof of your change of address at least 14 days before you move.
6.b If you move to a property outside of the borough you should let us know. We will not pay any refund, and the service will continue for the address you have left until the permit runs out.
6.c New residents can sign up to the service before Friday 23 October 2020. After this date, new residents should dispose of their garden waste through the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Frizlands Lane Depot, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, RM10 7HX. Opening and closing times are shown on the website on the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) website.
7.a We will not be liable for green bins used for any purpose other than disposing of garden waste. If you misuse your bin we may take it back without giving you a refund.
7.b Once we have collected your garden waste it becomes our property.
Alternatively call our contact centre on call 020 8215 3000.
Recycling green garden waste if you don't use our service
Bring your green garden waste to one of our recycling facilities.
Alternatively, you may wish to compost your green garden waste. You can order a discounted composting bin online or call 0844 571 4444.
We are a collection only authority; we do not own or manage any of the disposal sites, including recycling and reprocessing. We deliver the green garden waste that we collect to our waste disposal authority (East London Waste Authority – ELWA) which in turns maintain a waste management and disposal contract with Renewi Waste Management Limited. We must follow the rules and guidelines that ELWA have in place regarding acceptable green garden waste items.
The composting facility that Renewi use is windrow composting for green garden waste. This is a process where green waste is placed in long narrow piles (windrows) that are agitated or turned on a regular basis. The only items that can be composted using this process are cut flowers, weeds and leaves, grass cuttings and twigs and hedge trimmings. If food waste, including fruit fall, is mixed in with these items the whole waste will need to be treated with a different composting process which is called in vessel composting (IVC). This is a more specialist and costly treatment, which would result in a higher charge for customers. We are trying to run the green garden waste subscription service as affordably as possible, so therefore this is not an ideal option.
We have a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility at Frog Island, where we send all our household waste for treatment. MBT process manages food waste to a degree. Much of the organic content of the general refuse is lost in the drying out process, and we are left with an organic ‘fines’ fraction that is used on closed landfill sites.