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Green waste collections from your home

Green waste will resume as normal from Tuesday 17 August.

The normal service will start on red week from Tuesday 17 August, followed by blue week. Collections will be running until Friday 12 November 2021.

You can find out if you're blue or red collection week by using our postcode checker tool.

Compost at home

Home composting is one of the most important activities you can do to help the environment, and one of the easiest. At the present time it is the most useful way of diverting your garden waste and some uncooked fruit and vegetable waste from disposal, as on average nearly 60% of your waste at home could be composted!

Composting is a natural process that decomposes kitchen and garden waste (called ‘organic’ wastes) into a nutrient rich fertiliser or soil improver for gardens and growing spaces.  It is a straightforward and inexpensive process which doesn’t take much time to manage, and can be done in any small or large outdoor space including gardens and back yards.

So rather than putting green and garden waste in your domestic bin, here are some handy hints and tips on what to do at home:

  • First of all find a suitable space to compost, even if it’s a small back yard, a space at the bottom of the garden, you can create a useful way of dealing with green waste.

  • A home compost bin or area can deal with softer garden waste such as grass cuttings and prunings, some (uncoated) paper and cardboard, some food wastes e.g. fruit and vegetable peelings. For a really helpful full list of what can and can’t be home composted, visit the Here We Grow website.

  • Down in Suffolk, schools have produced this great guide to do composting with your children. Why not try setting up a compost heap at home with your children or grandchildren using the handy hints and tips?

Visit the Recycle Now website for further information on home composting.

Purchase of additional green waste bags

Contact the Care for your Area Helpline to reserve your items on 01642 391959.

Recycling equipment including the purchase of garden waste bags, blue boxes and white sacks must be reserved before collection.

Items can be collected from:

  • Stockton Library, Stockton Town Centre
  • Thornaby Library, Thornaby Town Centre
  • Billingham Library, Billingham Town Centre