Chargeable garden waste collection service
From 1 April 2018, householders who wish to recycle their garden waste in their brown bins will require a Garden Waste Permit
Householders with a brown bin can use this to recycle all of their cooked and uncooked food waste at no additional charge.
The new service applies to Council Tax rated domestic properties only. Only customers assigned to a Council brown bin collection route are eligible to apply to the Chargeable Garden Waste Collection Service. Property eligibility can be checked on the bin dates pages.
Alternatively, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476 to order your garden waste permit.
Please note, currently all permits purchased will expire on 31st March 2019
What can be recycled in the Garden Waste Collection Service?
The Garden Waste Collection Service charge is for: grass cuttings; small twigs and branches, leaves, cut flowers, houseplants, weeds, hedge clippings, sawdust, bark and hay.
All cooked and uncooked food waste can still be recycled in the brown bin at no charge. This includes: dairy; eggs; meat and fish including bones; tea bags; coffee grounds; fruit; vegetables; bread; cakes; pastries; rice and pasta.
For more information, view our brown bin service leaflet [676Kb].
What do I do with my garden waste if I do not sign up to the permit?
Householders will be able to dispose of their garden waste at their local Recycling Centre free of charge. You can locate your nearest Recycling Centre using the 'find my nearest' search.
Another way to dispose of garden waste is to compost at home. If your garden suits composting, and you would like to try, we have lots of information on our home composting pages to get you started.
A list of frequently asked questions [340Kb] has been created to provide more information to specific queries. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the Community Waste Team on the details below.
Copies of the Garden Waste Collection Service Terms and Conditions [480Kb], and the Council's Bin Policy [272Kb], can be viewed, saved or printed from this page.