Garden waste and composting

Garden waste collection service

Please note: The final collections of garden waste for 2016 will be weeks commencing 21st and 28th November. Once your bin has been emptied please ensure it is securely stored away until March 2017 when collections will resume.
Residents can sign up to the garden waste collection service anytime

Calderdale Council offers an opt-in service for residents who would like their garden waste collected from home. The service includes household garden waste; grass cuttings, leaves, hedge trimmings, flowers, twigs up to 4” in diameter, non-invasive weeds and pet bedding (rabbit or rodent only).

We cannot collect soil, invasive weeds, diseased plant materials, plastic, cardboard or paper.

An annual subscription of £40 covers the cost of the service, which includes a 240 litre green wheelie bin and fortnightly collections between March and November.

Residents can share a subscription with friends or neighbours to spread the cost, however the subscription must be registered and collected from one householder.

For households where a wheelie bin is unsuitable, single use sacks will be made available later in the year.

Garden Waste Collection Service - Sign up for the service

To get this service, please complete the online subscription:Subscribe to garden waste collection services

Garden Waste Collection Service - Published Leaflet

To view the promotional leaflet, see: Garden waste leaflet [PDF file 263KB]|PDF file

Garden Waste Collection Service - Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about this service, please see: Garden Waste Collection Service FAQs [PDF file 40KB]|PDF file

Garden Waste Collection Service - Collection Day Finder

To find out the schedule for collecting the garden waste in your area, follow this link to the: Garden waste collection finder

Garden Waste Collection Service Terms and Conditions

To view the terms and condition of the service, see: Garden waste terms and conditions [PDF file 73KB]|PDF file

Cancelling the Garden Waste Collection Service

If you wish to cancel your subscription at any time, please return a completed Cancellation Form, either by:

printing off, filling out and posting this PDF: Garden waste cancellation form [PDF file 113KB]|PDF file to:

or, by filling out and saving this Word document: Garden waste cancellation form [Word file 24KB]|Word file and returning it by email to:

Garden waste

There are also separate composting skips for householders to deposit their garden waste at the district's five Household waste recycling centres (HWRC’s) (tips).

Any plant material (grass cuttings, hedge clippings and tree branches) deposited in these skips is taken away to be composted under controlled conditions at locations inside and outside Calderdale. The finished product is returned to the land as soil improver.

We know that not everyone has access to a vehicle to drive to a HWRC so the Council provides white bags to dispose of small amounts of garden waste. The white bags can be purchased from any Calderdale Council cash office or Customer First point. See Local offices.

If you fill and leave your white bags outside your home they will be collected, usually on your domestic bin collection day. Unfortunately, this will not be recycled into compost as it will be picked up by your usual waste collection crew. Larger items of garden waste, e.g. tree cuttings, are collected for a charge. To arrange a quote, please call Customer First on 01422 288002.


Compost bin

The Council encourages householders to use home composting as a means of diverting organic household waste away from landfill. Calderdale Council, in partnership with getcomposting, are offering compost bins to Calderdale residents.

There are two offers:

There is a £5.99 charge for delivery. To order please phone the orderline 0845 130 6090 or visit GetComposting|External link.

Christmas tree recycling

Following the festive season of Christmas, the Council usually provides a Christmas tree recycling service throughout January. You will be able to take your old Christmas tree to disposal points throughout Calderdale and these will be used to make mulch and improve soils in parks and gardens in the Borough.

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Last Updated: 02/11/2016