Dorset garden waste collections to re-start

Dorset garden waste collections to re-start

Published by Helen Down at 12:01am 19th April 2020.

They stopped after the lockdown was introduced.


If you've been gardening during lockdown, you will be pleased to hear that Dorset Council will start Garden Waste collections again from Monday 27th April. 

The authority stopped collections shortly after the 'lockdown' was introduced by Public Health England, so that garden waste crews could help cover kerbside collection services. 

This was to make sure that regular collections such as food waste, rubbish, recycling and glass collections could continue as normal as possible - household recycling centres will stay closed.

Garden Waste crews will now continue their fortnightly collections.

Cllr Tony Alford is the Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services at Dorset Council, he says 

"We appreciate how much our customers value the Garden Waste service and we welcome this opportunity to resume kerbside collections, especially as the household recycling centres have to remain closed.

"Non-Garden Waste subscribers should keep their garden waste to one side until household recycling centres re-open. We will continue to recommend home composting, but we advise against starting bonfires - often these lack consideration for neighbours and can get out of control, resulting in call outs to a busy fire service. We continue to remind residents that fly-tipping is illegal.

"Most of all, please work with us by making small changes to your regular routine until things get back to normal. Thank you."

  • From the 27th April garden waste customers should continue to put their bin out on usual collection day. 
  • They will not collect bins that are overfilled or any extra bags or boxes. These are to be collected on another day. 
  • They will not return to empty any missed garden waste bins, like they are doing with other kerbside collections.
  • A discount rate will be offered for 2021/2022 garden waste subscriptions.
  • New subscribers are still not being accepted. They will announce when they are ready to take on more. 
  • Garden waste customers who cancelled their annual direct debit before payment being taken on 1st April are not active customers and will not have garden waste collections. You will need to renew your service.