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Ceredigion County Council's garden waste collection service is now provided all year round. All garden waste must be presented on your fortnightly collection day in the Council’s garden waste bags that are available from your local Customer Service Centres - Local Offices and Tourist Information Centres.

Garden Waste Collection

The council is under no obligation to collect garden waste free of charge from residents. In order to be able to offer a collection service to residents, the Council heavily subsidizes the collection and treatment of garden waste. However a small fee is charged (£1.20 per bag) to residents using the service. The garden waste collection is a fortnightly service which now runs all year round.

Alternatively residents can compost at home or take their garden waste to be disposed free of charge at Household Waste Sites.

To use Garden Waste Collection service you will need to:

  • Purchase garden waste bags from the Council, which have the Council’s logo printed on the side. These are available from your local Customer Service Centres - Local Offices and Tourist Information Centres. By purchasing these bags it indicates that you have paid for your Garden Waste Collection (and not just a garden waste bag).
  • Fill the bags with your garden waste – (do not overfill the bags and they should be no heavier than 20kgs or they will be left behind).
  • Use the above link to request collection on-line or
    Ring the Contact Centre to book in collection by 12 noon at the latest on the day prior to collection– 01545 572572 or 01970 633010.
  • You will need to provide your name, address and telephone number along with an approximate amount of bags to be collected. The Contact Centre staff will then let you know on which day/date your collection is due.
  • Place your bags out at the kerbside by 8am on the appropriate collection day. The Council will not collect any garden waste that has not been presented in the Council’s green garden waste bags.

There is no set limit to the amount of bags that can be collected. The Council only asks that an approximate number of bags is provided on booking and if the difference between this and the number of bags finally presented for collection is small then all presented bags will be collected. However if there is a large difference some bags may have to be left behind due to the capacity of the lorry. Residents can ring the Contact Centre to increase the amount of bags booked in up until midday on the day prior to the collection day.

Garden waste can include:

Leaves
Grass
Plants
Cuttings from trees
Flowers
Hedge clippings
Real Christmas Trees

Garden waste does not include:

Plant pots
Manmade materials e.g. patio furniture
Building materials
Rocks/stones
Trees
Soil
Giant Hogweed
Japanese Knotweed
Ragwort

For information on disposing of Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort, please click on the Harmful Weeds tab at the top of the page.

Other ways to deal with garden waste

Household Waste Sites – garden waste is accepted FREE of charge at all Household Waste Sites within the county. Please note permission to tip is required if you are using a large van/pick-up or a twin axle trailer. The waste is treated in an In Vessel Composter and a useful fertilizer is produced.

Harmful Weeds

​Disposal of harmful or invasive weeds

Invasive weeds like Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort can be harmful to people, pets and farm animals, and are often difficult to combat and harder to dispose of. This page is intended to give people in Ceredigion advice on how best to recognise, treat and dispose of dangerous and invasive weeds.

Please note that Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort are not accepted for collection by Ceredigion County Council in any of our household collections.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive weed introduced to the UK in the 19th Century as a decorative plant. Sadly, it has spread across the entirety of the UK, and is difficult to remove.

Japanese Knotweed can be recognised by its bamboo-like stems, shovel-shaped leaves, and white flowers (flowering in September/October). It can grow up to 3m in height and 7m in length underground.​

It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to "plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild" Japanese Knotweed. If you have Japanese Knotweed on your property, while you are not obliged to remove it, you are obliged to prevent it from crossing the boundaries of your property.

Japanese Knotweed is notoriously difficult to tackle. Its rhizome (underground stems) can spread up to 7m away from the plant, and if a piece of rhizome as much as 1cm is left on the ground, the entire plant can grow back. For this reason, care should be taken when cutting Japanese Knotweed plants, and every piece of cut plant should be retrieved and destroyed. Other methods of control are effective. For more information on Japanese Knotweed control, see the Useful Links section below.​

Japanese Knotweed is classified as controlled waste, and as such can only be disposed of in specific ways. Due to the unavailability of a licensed facility, Ceredigion County Council advises anyone wishing to dispose of Japanese Knotweed to place the debris in a paper sack, allow it time to dry out, and then burn all pieces of the plant that need to be disposed of.

Ragwort

Ragwort, properly known as Common Ragwort, is an injurious weed covered by the Weeds Act 1959. Landowners may be required to remove any Ragwort from their land subject to an enforcement notice from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), but are generally not required to do so.

​Ragwort can be recognised by its clusters of yellow daisy-like flowers and green deep-toothed leaves. It grows up to 3 feet tall. Ragwort is toxic to horses, cattle and sheep, and should be removed from pastures wherever possible.

Ragwort is classified as an injurious weed, and is not accepted at any Household Waste Sites in Ceredigion. We advise that any householders seeking to dispose of a small amount of Ragwort remove the plant from the ground, place it in a paper sack to allow it to dry out, then burn it. For those seeking to dispose of a large amount of Ragwort (more than the amount you would find in a garden or on a domestic property), please contact us for advice.

Useful Links

For further information on Japanese Knotweed and Ragwort, please see the following links:

Japanese Knotweed

Ragwort

General Advice

Composting

​Home composting

The best way to deal with your Garden waste is to compost it at home. The County Council sells compost bins at cost price (£40.00 including VAT). The Council also sells Water Butts and Wheelie Bins. Compost Bins and Water Butts are available from County Hall in Aberaeron and the Glanyrafon Depot. Wheelie Bins are available from the Glanyrafon Depot.

For more information, please see our Fees and Charges.  

​More about compost bins :
  • Home composting reduces the amount of organic waste sent to landfill
  • Home composting saves on the cost of buying pre-packed compost products
  • Home composting reduces the burden on diminishing peat bogs which are important wildlife sites
  • The composted organic material can be used to provide plant food and improve the quality of the soil.

A Guide To Home Composting

Can't compost at home?

On no account should Garden Waste be placed inside a normal refuse container. Refuse containers found to contain Garden Waste will not be collected.

The Council also provides a weekly collection of food waste. Any food waste which you are unable to compost at home can be placed in your food waste caddy and left for collection on your weekly collection day.

Contact

Technical Services:

Email: technical.services@ceredigion.gov.uk
Online: Report a problem online: Problem Reporting Form
Telephone: 01545 572572
Post: Waste Management Team
County Hall
Market Street
Aberaeron
Ceredigion
SA46 0AT