Garden waste

When do garden waste collections start?

Garden waste will be collected from Monday 25 February 2019 and finish on Friday 29 November 2019.

The garden waste collection service is available to all residents in Amber Valley except for residents who either have their waste collected in bags or use communal waste facilities.

How much does the 2019 garden waste service cost?

For garden waste customers who already have a bin, the cost of the collection service has remained at last years price of: 

  • £40 for their garden waste bin to be collected for a year.

New customers who wish to receive the garden waste service will pay: 

  • £20 for a garden waste bin to be purchased and delivered to their property; and
  • £40 for their garden waste bin to be collected for a year.

Existing customers can order a second garden waste bin for their property and this will cost:

  • £20 for the bin to be purchased and delivered to their property; and
  • £20 for their second garden waste bin to be collected for a year.

Existing customers that already have more than one garden waste bin will pay:

  • £40 for their first garden waste bin to be collected for a year; and
  • £20 for each additional bin to be collected for a year.

How can you pay for your garden waste bin

The easiest way to pay for your garden waste bin is:

  1. online via our garden waste payments page; or
  2. by calling 01773 841440
  3. payment can also be made at the Ripley town centre office

When should you pay for your garden waste bin?

Residents are encouraged to pay now for the garden waste service.

Paying early ensures customers have sufficient time to receive their 2019 tamper proof bin sticker and any new bin(s) they have ordered. Please note that at busy times it may take up to 15 working days to process requests to join the service.

Therefore, if customers are not signed up by early January 2019 they may not receive their sticker and or new bins before collections start.

Garden waste bins without a 2019 tamper proof sticker attached will not be emptied.

Can I still pay for the garden waste service if collections have already started?

Customers can sign up for the garden waste service throughout the collection year. However, the cost of the service will remain at £40 for the year and will not be reduced.

Any missed garden waste collections due to payments not being received in time will not be refunded.

Garden waste sticker 2019

After paying for the 2019 service, customers will receive a letter from the Council which contains their tamper proof garden waste bin sticker and collection dates.

The 2019 bin sticker must be fixed to the back of the garden waste bin to prove the collection fee has been paid. Any missed garden waste collections due to stickers not being placed on the bin, will not be refunded.

Garden waste collection dates

Customers can also use the bin collection dates page to find out when their garden waste bin will be emptied.

The garden waste bin collection dates are written on the back of the letter containing the 2019 sticker. Customers should keep their letter so they know when their garden waste bin will be collected.

Acceptable items

  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Prunings
  • Grass cuttings
  • Weeds and Plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Small branches (no larger than 3 inches/7.5cm in diameter)

Unacceptable items

  • Food waste (cooked or uncooked including fallen fruit and garden vegetables)
  • Plastic (plant pots, seed trays, plastic bags)
  • Soil
  • Bricks
  • Rubble
  • Household waste
  • Wood
  • Animal bedding
  • Animal faeces

Garden waste collection policy

  • Please make sure your bin is put out for collection by 6:30am on collection day.
  • Your bin lid must be closed properly.
  • Missed collections of garden waste must be reported by 12 noon on the next working day.
  • Extra bags of garden waste by the side of the bin will not be collected unless authorised by the council.
  • Garden waste must be put loose into the garden waste bin.
  • Garden waste MUST NOT be put inside any plastic or paper bags even if these bags are classed as biodegradable.
  • Garden waste bins that contain unacceptable items of waste will not be emptied.
  • If garden waste is stuck or frozen inside your garden waste bin the council will not return to empty the bin but will take additional garden waste on the next collection day.
  • For further information please read our full terms and conditions of the garden waste collection service.

Existing customers that no longer wish to receive garden waste collections

If you are an existing customer and you do not wish to receive the garden waste service in 2019 please note that the council does not intend to remove your garden waste bin.

Home composting

If you do not wish to use the garden waste service and would prefer to compost at home, you can purchase a discounted compost bin through the scheme run by Derbyshire County Council

Helping the environment

Participating in the garden waste service is beneficial to the environment and residents too! The service ensures that residents can easily get rid of their garden waste throughout the growing season. 

Your garden waste is taken to a site in Derbyshire for composting. Using specialist equipment a waste contractor shreds and grades the garden waste. The shredded garden waste is then shaped into windrows to rot down to produce compost. At the end of the decomposition process the final product is a compost / soil improver that is re-used instead of being disposed of in a landfill site.

How much garden waste has been collected so far?

View our five year graph that shows over the past 5 years residents in Amber Valley have helped the council collect just over 21,000 tonnes of garden waste! Well done Amber Valley!

Just to help you visualise what a brilliant effort you have made 1 tonne of waste weighs the equivalent of a small / medium sized car. This means that residents in Amber Valley have helped to prevent the equivalent weight (in garden waste) of 21,000 cars being disposed of! Thank you for supporting this service!

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841326 or email refuse@ambervalley.gov.uk