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On 1 April 2019, we will be introducing an annual charge for the collection of garden waste presented in brown bins. Letters were sent to all householders in January to inform you of this change.
The garden waste collection service is currently free, but in the present financial climate, we – like all local authorities – have to make some tough decisions about where to make savings. There is no legal requirement for us to collect garden waste, so in December 2018 councillors agreed to introduce a charge for this service. The net cost to taxpayers of disposing of garden waste collected from the kerbside is £400,000.
The annual charge for 2019-20 will be £36 per brown bin. There is no maximum number of brown bins per property, but you must apply for a permit for each brown bin if it is being used for garden waste.
We'll only collect your garden waste if it's placed in the brown bin, and the bin displays a valid permit. If you use your brown bin just for food waste, this service will still be free from 1 April 2019.
Apply and pay for your garden waste collection permit by 28 February 2019 to guarantee delivery before the chargeable service comes into effect on 1 April 2019.
If you apply after 28 February 2019, you will not receive your permit by 1 April 2019. Your permit will not be posted until after 1 April 2019, so you may miss out on collection(s). Applications received after 1 April 2019 may take up to 10 working days to process and applicants will receive their permit after this.
Apply and pay for your permit online today using our online form. Register or log in to myaccount to keep track of all your online requests, and we'll populate your forms with your details to save you re-typing them.
Once you have paid for your permit, you will receive it by post after 28 February 2019. You should write your address on it with permanent marker in the space provided and then attach it to the back of the bin under the handle before you put it out for collection.
If you haven’t bought a permit, you can compost your garden waste at home, or take it to your nearest recycling centre.
Your other bin collection services are not changing.
If you would like more information please read our frequently asked questions. You can read the Garden Waste Permits Privacy Notice here.