Frequently asked questions


WHEN IS MY COLLECTION DAY? Please see 'Home' page.

WHY USE ROTTERS BAGS? They are designed for easy emptying and are easily spotted from the road  as well as being  large, free standing and easy to fill.

HOW MUCH CAN I PUT IN EACH BAG?  Rotters volunteers and staff have hundreds of bags to pick up and empty each day so please be considerate, if you can't lift it yourself it is probably too heavy, try spreading the weight over a few bags. As a general guide only fill two thirds full, even less if grass cuttings. Very heavy bags can be labelled and left behind. (Health and Safety regulations stipulate 20kg max.) For the volunteers' safety, we carry baggage scales to check the weight of very heavy bags and record them.

WHERE CAN I GET BAGS FROM? You can purchase and collect them on site or online/over the phone and we'll drop them off on your garden waste collection day. If you have less than 3 bags already we will provide you with a Collection Tag for each new bag up to the three bag limit. Any bags over the initial 3 will need an Extra Tag for us to collect it. New bags and Extra Collection Tags are both available on our site.


YES PLEASE - hedge trimmings, grass cuttings, garden prunings, leaves, dead plants, weeds, woody waste.

NO THANKS - kitchen or food waste, animal dirt, wood or timber, stone or hard core, rubbish or litter, turf, flower pots or tags.

If your bag is contaminated we will place a contaminated sticker on it and leave it behind for you to sort out and dispose of.

HOW CAN I GET COMPOST? 50 litre sacks of our compost can be ordered and paid for online, by post (with cheque) or over the phone for delivery on your collection day.  Larger dumpy bags (approx.1 ton) can be ordered for special delivery, please remember to order early for Spring and Autumn because of the large amounts of orders at these times. They are £35 plus a delivery charge outside Startforth and Barnard Castle. Regulations stipulate you must be a Rotters Member to purchase our compost.

DO I PAY FOR COLLECTIONS? From 2022 there will be a £35 charge. 

MY GREEN WASTE SACK WAS LEFT UNEMPTIED! Before contacting us to report a missed collection please ensure: