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Garden waste: Green wheelie bin

Your garden waste licence is a sticker which needs to be displayed on your green wheeled bin. Please make sure your bin lid is dry before putting the sticker on.

To get a green bin for garden waste you will need a licence.

We are no longer selling licences for the current year. You will be able to purchase a garden waste licence here online for 2022/23 from the end of February. 

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

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.