Garden waste and composting

Garden waste collection service

Please note: If you have already subscribed for a garden waste collection, they will resume March 2017. Please check the collection day finder for your collection schedule.

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 £42 covers the cost of the service, which includes a 240 litre green wheelie bin and fortnightly collections between March and November. subject to our terms and conditions

A 5% discount will be applied if subscribing online.

Due to high demand, bins may take up to 4 weeks to be delivered. When your bin arrives, you will also receive a leaflet showing your garden waste collection dates.

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 - Sign up for the service or renew your subscription

To get this service, please complete the online subscription and renew form:Apply for or renew a garden waste collection

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 email Customer First.

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: 03/03/2017