Green sacks (garden)

Households that are unable to accommodate a wheeled bin are able to dispose of garden waste in green compostable sacks.  

We will supply a roll of 42 sacks per year, free of charge.   

Please note the annual delivery which had been delayed  due to the coronavirus outbreak is now taking place throughout July. If you are registered for compostable sacks and have not received them by 3 August please contact us.

In the current circumstances any biodegradable bag which conforms to the BS:EN13432 standard and which displays the compostable logo can be used.

Your green compostable bags should be put out at the edge of your property by 7am on the day of the fortnightly collection.  There is usually no limit to the number of green compostable bags you can leave out for collection but there is currently a maximum of 5 sacks per fortnight following the recommencement of the green waste collection rounds.

You can dispose of any extra garden waste at your nearest household recycling centre.

Initial order

In order to receive your annual supply of compostable sacks you must let us know that you want to receive this garden waste service.  Please do this by completing our online form.

*Please note: the green compostable sacks are only available to properties which do not have a wheeled bin for household waste.  Properties that have wheeled bins can dispose of garden waste in the green-lid bin.

I require further sacks

Buy from us

If you run out of your annual supply and require additional sacks, you can buy these direct from us at the main reception in either one of our four leisure centres or at the Town Hall.  The cost is £8.50 for a roll of 42 sacks.

Please note the leisure centres are currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak therefore it is not possible to purchase sacks at present. In the current circumstances any biodegradable bag which conforms to the BS:EN13432 standard and which displays the compostable logo can be used.

We have to make sure the sacks meet specific requirements and can be handled by the re-processing plant. Any unsuitable sacks could contaminate the whole lorry load and result in the waste being rejected. If this happens the full lorry load has to be disposed of at landfill (a refuse tip).

Storing the compostable sacks

It is important to keep the compostable sacks in a dry place. Because they are compostable the sacks should not be stored in wet conditions. Please visit the 'storage and use' page for further information.

What can I put in the sack?

The following materials can be placed inside a compostable sack:

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge clippings
  • prunings
  • weeds
  • bark
  • plants
  • cut flowers
  • compost
  • vegetarian animal bedding

Please do not include food waste, cardboard, plant pots, stones, soil, plastic or wood.

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