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Chargeable garden waste collection service

Garden waste

From March 2021, you will need to be signed up to our paid for garden waste collection service if you would like your garden waste bin to be collected.

How to sign up

Follow the link below to subscribe and pay for the garden waste collection service.

Please read the terms and conditions of service along with the frequently asked questions for further information on the service before you sign up.

Subscribe to Garden Waste Collection

How does it work?

1. Sign up online for the garden waste collection service

You can sign up any time during the year; a single seasonal payment for one bin is £40. There is no reduction if you sign up later in the year. If you do not currently have a brown bin, you will need to pay £20 fee for each bin you want to subscribe.

The chargeable garden waste collection service starts on the 2 March 2021 and runs until 26 November 2021.

2. Subscription permit sticker

After sign up you will receive a subscription permit sticker per bin showing you have paid (allow up to 14 days to arrive). Apply your sticker to the back of your brown bin (handle side).

3. Collections

Collections will run fortnightly and will continue to be collected on the same day as your black bin (domestic waste).

  • please check your collection day and allow 14 days after you sign up to receive your first collection
  • fill your brown bin with garden waste only
  • put your bin out by 6am on your next collection day, ensuring the handle side faces to the kerbside and the subscription permit label is clearly visible for our collection crew
  • please take your bin back to your property boundary within 24 hours after collection

Only bins with valid subscription permit stickers will be collected


For all enquiries relating to Garden Waste collection please email [email protected]

FAQ's on the annual charge for garden waste

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The subscription service has been introduced, as we can no longer maintain a garden waste collection service free of charge. Unlike household waste and recycling, councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free-of-charge and not everyone uses the service. The proposal to introduce a subscription was agreed by the council’s Executive Committee in December 2020.

The annual charge for one bin (subscription) is £40 for those who would like to sign up. No concessions will be available. Collections will continue to be fortnightly on a seasonal basis from March until November 2021 in the first year. From 2022, the service will run from February until November. The subscription would need to be renewed each year.

Whilst overall Council Tax helps fund local services, paying more does not mean you are entitled to receive more services.

No, the subscription is for the whole collection period season. You can sign up at any time during subscription year but there will no reductions in payment.

To subscribe and pay for the new garden waste collection service, please complete the Garden waste new subscription form.

The subscription fee is for one bin but if you wish, you could subscribe to have more bins. The subscription cost of £40 will apply to each bin that you would like us to collect.

No, your subscription would not entitle you to a new bin. If you do not currently have a brown bin you will need to pay a £20 fee for each bin you want to subscribe to.

This is an opt-in service, so you only pay if you wish to use it. If you do not wish to subscribe, you can take your garden waste to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (Tidy Tip).

Following a huge response from our residents, all 1000 compost bins have now been allocated and the offer is now closed but you can still take advantage of our great deal on compost bins.

You can cancel your subscription online within the first 14 days for a full refund provided that the service has not started and you have not received a collection. No refunds will be offered after the first 14 days even if you no longer require the service.

Currently we do not plan to remove any brown bins in case you would like to sign up to the scheme at a later date. However, if after six months of the scheme starting you would still like us to remove your bin you will be able to request this service.

Please be aware that if you would like to join the scheme after we have removed your bin you will need to pay an additional £20 per bin fee for a new bin in addition to the £40 subscription charge.

If you wish, you can keep and reuse your bin as storage for tools and pots in the garden or if you are not planning to join the scheme convert it into a water butt or compost bin (please be aware that a converted bin will not be suitable for use as a garden waste bin at a later date).

The garden waste collection service starts on the 2 March 2021 and runs until 26 November 2021. Your collection week will be the same day as your black bin (domestic waste).

No, the subscription is allocated to a property and when you move you will need to subscribe again to receive a garden waste collection service. You will need to leave your brown bin/s at the property you are moving out of.

If you choose not to renew your subscription the following year, your garden waste collections would stop at the end of the subscription period.

Yes, your assisted collection for your garden waste bin would continue if you signed up to the service. If you don't currently have an assisted collection but need one then you will need to apply.

No, all garden waste would need to be contained within the wheelie bin provided and the bin lid would need be closed in order for our crews to collect it

You should store your wheelie bin within your property boundary until your collection day.

Yes please flowers and weeds, plants, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves or small branches up to four inches thick

No thank you plastic bags, plastic pots, bricks, soil and rubble, animal waste/bedding, large tree branches, tree trunks, or any other treated wood items

Yes, you can share a bin with your neighbour if you wish. The bin will be charged to one resident and will be collected from that property only. The council will not get involved in any disputes between neighbour’s sharing a bin.


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