Green waste

family using brown wheelie bin for green waste Harlow Council offers two hassle-free services for you to dispose of your green (garden) waste. which will be sent for composting. These services are:

Green Waste Premium service (fortnightly wheelie bin)

Sign up for a Green Waste Premium service and we will provide the wheelie bin to recycle your garden waste all year round, including your real Christmas tree in January. If your property is not on the wheelie bin service for non-recycling and recycling we will provide you with bags instead.

  • Sign up for your Green Waste Premium service for £96 for collections starting from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Please read the refund procedure for bookings.

If you are signed up for Green Waste Premium service you can put your real Christmas tree out next to your brown wheelie bin on your January collection day.

Sign up for your Green Waste Premium service online

Alternatively you can sign up through Contact Harlow

If you sign up after April 2017 the cost for the year ending 31 March 2018 will be as follows:

Sign up for Green Waste Premium in Cost
May 2017 £88
June 2017 £80
July 2017 £72
August 2017 £64
September 2017 £56
October 2017 £48
November 2017 £40
December 2017 £32
January 2018 £24
February 2018 £16
March 2018 £8

Green Waste Premium Service change of days in Winter

During the winter season we see a natural decline in the amount of green waste out for collection. As a result of this and in order to ensure the service we offer is efficient and cost effective, we are able to make the same number of collections over three days per week instead of five. The Green Waste Premium collections will continue to be made fortnightly but some collection days will change during Winter. Those affected will receive confirmation of the change by post or email. You can also check your Green Waste Premium Service collection dates on our website.

Green Waste bagged collection

Book a green waste bagged collection, using either your own bags and pay 90p per bag of green waste or book for free when using our pre paid bags. You can buy a roll of 20 pre paid bags for £18 from the cashiers desks at Contact Harlow.

You can book a real Christmas tree collection in January using the Green Waste bagged collection service for just £2 a tree. For an artificial Christmas tree you can book using the Bulky collection service.

Please read the refund procedure for bookings. Refunds will not be given for green waste if the bags are contaminated.

Book your Green Waste bagged collection online

Alternatively you can book through Contact Harlow.

What can I put in my Green Waste?

Information on what can and can't go in the Green Waste bagged collection and Green Waste Premium service:

Yes please put in recycling

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge cuttings, prunings, leaves, bark
  • flowers, weeds
  • branches (must be a maximum size of one metre length and 15cm diameter)

Remember that the person collecting the waste must be able to lift bags / bundles into the back of the vehicle, so please do not overfill them. If the green waste is wet, please put less into each bag to reduce the weight.

no thanks do not put in recycling

  • Large branches, tree stumps
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Turf, earth, soil, stones and gravel
  • Treated or painted wood and fencing
  • Building materials
  • Food or kitchen waste including peelings
  • Animal faeces and cat litter
  • Textiles
  • Nappies
  • Plastic trays, plant pots, plastic bags and wrappings
  • Cardboard
  • Hazardous waste

Get composting

Regular gardening can create lots of waste but home composting is an easy way to reuse your cuttings, raw vegetable peelings and tea bags for your own benefit. More information on composting