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Apply for or cancel a garden waste bin

How to apply for a garden waste bin, or cancel the garden waste service

Why join our scheme

You can do your bit for our local environment by joining 24,000 other homes in the brown bin garden waste scheme.

Your bin will be collected fortnightly. Please note; there is no collection of garden waste bins during the Christmas and New Year period. But our fee takes this into account - you're only charged for 25 empties in the year. 

You can find out the dates for your garden waste collection, on the bins and recycling collection dates page.

What we will collect

We'll collect:

  • grass and hedge clippings
  • twigs and small branches
  • cut flowers
  • windfall fruit
  • leaves
  • prunings from shrubs

What we won't collect

We won't collect

  • soil, or any garden waste containing soil (for example, turf, root balls, loam)
  • stones or gravel
  • seed trays or flower pots
  • kitchen or food waste
  • pet litter
  • plastic compost bags, black bags and garden plant tags

Garden waste bin cost

Our service costs £55.30 per year (non-refundable), payable by Direct Debit. The yearly charge will start from the day we deliver the bin. 

Already got a garden waste bin?

If you’re applying for a second garden waste bin you’ll need to apply for one on our new or replacement bin page.

If you've moved to a property and there is already a garden waste bin there, you can either cancel it or keep it. If you wish to keep it, you'll need to apply and pay the fee, using our online form above. If you wish to cancel, you can do so further down this page.

What happens next?

Once we've received your form and payment, we’ll deliver your bin, usually within four weeks. As part of the application process, we'll create you an account. And we’ll send you a Direct Debit mandate for future payments.

You should put:

  • your bin out at the boundary of your property before 7:00am on collection day (but after 7:00pm the previous evening)
  • your house number or house name on your bin

Please contact us if putting your bin out is a bit of a struggle; we can help. You can find out more on our assisted collection page.

Cancel your garden waste bin or tell us about a change

If you're moving address you should take your garden waste bin with you. We won’t move your brown garden waste bin for you. Please tell us your new address using our online form below.

Please also complete the form if you’re moving out of our area and wish to cancel your garden waste bin. In this case you should not take the bin with you.

You can tell us you've moved or cancel your garden waste bin using our online report form. You can now track the progress of your report through registering for our My Account service.

Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.

To tell us you've moved or to cancel your garden waste bin, you'll need to provide:

  • your new address
  • the reason you're cancelling (if applicable)

Cancel your garden waste bin or tell us you've moved

Change in personal details?

If you've had a name change or a change in your contact details, please let us know using our change in personal details form. We'll pass the details of your change onto any other council departments who need to know.

Further information

You can't dispose of garden waste in your black bin. If you don't wish to join the brown garden waste bin scheme, you can