Brown bin garden waste collection

You can subscribe to the service by ordering and paying in advance for one year. For the duration of the subscription, you will receive a brown wheeled bin in which to keep your garden waste. 

The brown bin is emptied fortnightly with the exception of a four week period over Christmas and New Year. During winter 2021/22 collections will not be made between 17 December 2021 and 16 January 2022.

Find your collection day (if subscribed).

The garden waste collection service makes a significant contribution to Cheltenham's recycling rate.


Renew your subscription before your renewal date to benefit from the discounted price of £42 (usually £45).

Sign up (new customers)

Sign up now for a 12 month subscription at £45 per bin.

Please note that this offer relates to new bin requests and new additional bin requests.

Customers who have a lapsed or cancelled bin subscription in the previous 12 months at the same residence are required to pay the standard charge of £45.

No space for a wheelie bin?

If you live in one of the specified areas where there is little or no space for storing a brown wheelie bin, you can have your garden waste collected in compostable paper sacks. Find out more.

What you can put into your brown garden waste bin:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge and shrub clippings
  • Leaves, twigs and bark
  • Plants, flowers and weeds
  • Windfall fruit
  • Small branches

What you should not put in the brown garden waste bin:

  • Soil
  • Animal waste (however pet bedding from herbivores is accepted)
  • Food waste (cooked or uncooked)
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Large branches
  • Plant pots and growbags
  • Ash

How the scheme works

If you opt into the scheme you will be issued with a 240 litre brown wheeled bin for your garden waste. The brown bins will be emptied fortnightly with the exception of the four week period over Christmas and New Year.

A bin will be delivered within 10 days of payment being taken and it is possible to join the scheme at any time in the year on a 12 month contract.

In order to maximise the usable life of refuse and garden waste bins, Cheltenham Borough Council repairs and reuses bins. Any used bins which are redistributed are first pressure washed by the waste collection provider (Ubico) to ensure they are in a usable state.

Only garden waste contained within the bin will be collected from the kerbside. Any additional garden waste can be taken to the recycling centre on Swindon Road.  Please ensure you put the brown bin out by 7am on the day of collection.

Please remember that garden waste must not be put in the green refuse bins.  Green refuse bins containing garden waste may not be collected and you may be asked to remove the garden waste before a collection can be made.

We will contact you after 11 months to inform you that your subscription is due for renewal.  Your renewal date is set as the first of the month after your bin was delivered. 

If you move house within Cheltenham, please inform us of your new address details, and take the brown bin with you when you move.  If you are moving outside the borough, again please contact us and we will arrange for collection of the brown bin.

Frequently asked questionsFAQs

Please see our list of frequently asked questions.

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions before you sign up to our garden waste scheme.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the service, please contact us.

What happens to your garden waste?

Once collected the garden cuttings are taken to our Wingmoor Farm site and subjected to a 'windrow' composting process. The material is arranged in long piles, turned regularly and converted into compost.  The compost is used as a soil conditioner for land reclamation and landfill restoration. Using the material on the site where it is processed reduces the need to import top soil, thereby reducing cost, vehicle movements and emissions. Diverting the garden cuttings from landfill avoids generating methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.