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Appeal and other ways to recycle your garden waste

How to appeal if you think you should be included in the scheme and are not, and other ways to recycle your garden waste.


To keep all our rubbish and recycling collections going through the Coronavirus outbreak, our 2020 garden waste scheme is collected on Saturdays and Mondays.

Dates are available on MyDurham.

From your feedback, we understand that you do not want this year's late start to the scheme to create December collections. This means there will only be 15 collections this year not 17. While there will be no refunds, existing customers who sign up for the annual scheme in 2021 will only be charged £30.90 per subscription for the year. New customers will have to pay the full amount of £35 per subscription.

Garden waste in the Teesdale area is collected by Teesdale Conservation Volunteers (trading as Rotters). Rotters arrangements are separate to ours.

How to appeal if your property is not eligible for collections

You have a right to appeal if your property has not been included in the scheme, but you feel that it should be eligible, based on the criteria. Make sure you include these reasons in your appeal.

Make an appeal about your eligibility for the garden waste collection scheme

Please note: if you submit an appeal and it is not upheld, you may not submit any further appeals unless there has been a change in your property's circumstances.

Other ways to dispose of garden waste

These are also useful options if you have garden waste to get rid of when the service is suspended during the winter.

  • Use a home compost bin: garden waste such as grass cuttings, weeds and old plants are all suitable for composting and compost bins.
  • Take it to one of our household waste recycling centres (tips) (tips).
  • Arrange a bulky waste collection: if you are unable to compost or visit a household waste recycling centre, you can have up to six bags of garden waste removed as bulky waste - there is a charge for this service.

It is not illegal to have a bonfire and burn your garden waste, but it is important you do not cause a nuisance or endanger your neighbours' property. 

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