Garden waste services in County Durham will return, with changes to collection dates

The Council postponed garden waste collections in order to maintain its essential refuse and recycling services during the lockdown.

Garden waste collection is back on half as many days (Saturdays and Mondays), with all other rubbish and recycling collections operating from Tuesday to Friday.

If your old garden waste collection was on a Tuesday or Wednesday, it should be on a Saturday now, and former Thursday or Friday collections will be on a Monday.

The council will  inform you of your specific collection dates, which will begin on Saturday 2 May, Monday 4 May, Saturday 9 May or Monday 11 May, depending on where you live.

Collection dates can be checked online via MyDurham at

Cllr Brian Stephens said: “We know our residents value the garden waste service, so we are pleased to be able to continue it under these new collection days. We would like to thank residents for their continued support and understanding as we work to maintain essential services.

“Our priority has been to support our refuse and recycling rounds, which operate Tuesday to Friday each week. By moving the garden waste collection to Saturdays and Mondays, we can continue to provide this important service to customers at a time when we have spare capacity.

 “Our garden waste customers are being advised of their new collection days and when they will commence, with the first for some customers starting on Saturday 2 May. We will continue to provide customers with information regarding any further changes to services.”

Those who do not wish to continue with the garden waste scheme should inform the council by Monday 11 May by completing a refund request form at or calling the customer services team on 03000 260 000.

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