Published on 1st May 2014

cartoon of woman and boy putting leaves into a brown garden waste bin. Text reads 'special offer'

Now that British summer time is here, residents are being reminded that they can recycle their garden waste through the council’s garden waste scheme.

The scheme makes a significant contribution to Cheltenham’s recycling rate.

Residents are issued with a 240 litre brown wheeled bin for their garden waste which will be emptied fortnightly. Grass cuttings, hedge and shrub cuttings, leaves, twigs, bark, plants, flowers, weeds and windfall fruit can all go into the bin.

New customers can benefit from a discounted rate of £35 (usually £37). The special discount is available for those who sign up and pay for a bin before 1 June 2014.

Existing customers who renew before their renewal date will also receive the discounted rate of £35.

Scott Williams, strategic client officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “I would encourage residents to take part in the scheme. It’s vital that we all recognise the importance of keeping garden waste out of landfill so that it doesn’t produce harmful substances which damage the environment.

“All the garden waste that we collect is composted and re-used as a soil conditioner.”

For details about how to sign up to the scheme and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the garden waste webpages, email [email protected] or call 01242 262626.

For media enquiries, contact:

Laura Carter, communications team leader, telephone 01242 264154 or email: [email protected]


Residents can sign up to the new service:

1. By telephone - please call 01242 262626, and have your debit/credit card ready for payment

2. In person - you can pay by cash, cheque or credit/debit card at the Municipal Offices reception on the Promenade

3. Pay online - use our online form

4. By post - Please print and complete the application form. Send the form, together with a cheque payable to Cheltenham Borough Council, to:

Cheltenham Borough Council
Municipal Offices
GL50 9SA

The brown bin is entirely optional and residents can still take their garden waste to the Swindon Road recycling centre, or compost it at home if they do not wish to sign up to the scheme.