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Garden waste: Green wheelie bin

To get a green bin for garden waste you will need a licence. They cost £39 and are valid from 1 April to 31 March. 

We collect garden waste every two weeks, bins need to be by the kerbside for 7:30 am on your collection day.

Garden waste licence waiting list

The garden waste service is reaching capacity so we are operating a waiting list for the rest of 2020 to 2021.

When capacity becomes available residents on the waiting list will be contacted by email or telephone and given five days to buy a garden waste licence.   If you try to buy a licence after the five days you will need to reapply to the waiting list.

Priority will be given to customers who have not already got a licence for the current year and will be contacted on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list for 2020 to 2021 please complete the form.

All requests for extra licences will be held on the waiting list and availability of licences will be kept under review.  If there is spare capacity residents requesting additional licences may be contacted.

If you are new to the service and want a garden waste bin call 01594 810000 to order one. Delivery can take up to four weeks during the garden waste licence renewal period.

Apply for a garden waste licence

We will send out the licence within 14 days of receiving your payment.

What goes in your green bin

Garden waste needs to be loose and not in bags. We will collect:

  • lawn cuttings
  • tree and hedge prunings
  • garden plants and weeds
  • leaves, twigs and bark
  • small amounts of herbivore pet bedding, for example, rabbit or hamster
  • small amounts of windfall fruit (too much may make the bin too heavy to empty)

We also provide a collection service for Christmas trees.  This service is available to everyone in the district during the first fortnight in January.

What we will not collect

Do not put any of these items in your green bin:

  • compost bags and plant pots
  • noxious weeds such as Japanese Knotweed or Ragwort
  • dog or cat waste
  • food waste (raw or cooked)
  • large tree trunks
  • soil, rubble and stones
  • cardboard or paper

Garden waste terms and conditions

Licences are valid from 1 April to 31 March each year. Full payment is required regardless of when you subscribe in the year. No refunds will be given. 

Licences are valid only for the address paid for and must be clearly displayed on your garden waste bin. If you move it is not transferrable and must be left at the property. Each bin presented for collection needs a licence. There are no discounts for multiple bins.

This collection service is for domestic properties only.

Garden waste collections may be suspended to assist with catch up arrangements when severe spells of bad weather affect the waste and recycling services.

All bins remain the property of the Forest of Dean District Council.

If you provide your email address we may send you a reminder for next year.

Payment does not guarantee you a specific number of collections per year. Please note that the garden waste service is usually suspended for the Christmas and New Year period.


Home composting

Home composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. 

Residents in Gloucestershire can buy home composters at a discounted price from Get Composting or by calling 0844 571 4444

More information about composting can be found on the Gloucestershire Recycles website.