Garden waste recycling is in the bag!

Sheffield City Council and Veolia Environmental Services are announcing the launch of the ‘revamped’ green sack service for those areas of the city that do not have a green bin. From Monday 20th June, we are changing the way that residents can recycle their garden waste from the home.

Changes to the existing green sack service means:

  • You can choose to provide your own green sacks
  • You will have a scheduled collection every 4 weeks
  • You have a collection week rather than a collection day so your sacks will be collected at some point during your collection week
  • We will collect green sacks from April to October

Residents will still be able to collect 6 green sacks at a time free of charge from local libraries, housing offices or other outlets.  Please visit: or call: 0114 273 4567 for a full list of outlets.  However, residents can now also provide their own sacks as long as they are green and suitable for garden waste.  Residents should only use thick green plastic sacks as thin plastic sacks often split easily.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport said: “Having listened to feedback received from residents, we have made a number of changes to the green sack collection service.  The changes mean that residents will receive a regular collection of up to 6 sacks every 4 weeks and can choose to provide their own green sacks or collect them free of charge from one of the many outlets across the city – whatever is easiest for them.”

Residents should look out for leaflets that will drop through letterboxes across Sheffield over the next three weeks, providing more information about the changes together with a calendar of collection dates.

Approximately 20% of the average household's rubbish is made up of green garden waste.  If this waste ends up in the black wheeled bin, a valuable resource that could be turned into compost is wasted.  Residents can keep their gardens clean and tidy and help us to recycle garden waste by using the green sack collection service.  Green sacks are for: leaves, hedge and plant clippings, twigs, small branches, prunings, grass mowings, weeds and cut flowers.

For more information on green sacks and other ways of disposing of garden waste, including home composting, please visit: or call: 0114 273 4567.  If you are a Twitter user and wish to follow us then you can find the ‘Recycle4Sheffield’ profile page at:


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