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Garden Waste Collection Service FREE for first year! UPDATED

Garden Waste Collection Service
Great news – our new Garden Waste Collection Service will be free for the first year!

In September 2023 we announced ambitious new plans to make a number of changes to our waste and recycling service to increase recycling rates, reduce avoidable waste and further meet our environmental commitments.

The changes include introducing a weekly food waste collection from April 2025, bringing in a new and fairer chargeable opt-in Garden Waste Collection Service from April 2024, just like other well-performing councils, and enforcing our existing single black bin policy. 

Those commitments have not changed, but our early anticipation of new government requirements has allowed us to secure one-off indicative funding and make our new Garden Waste Collection Service free for residents for the first year. 

You still need to sign up to the Garden Waste Collection Service to have your green bin collected from April 2024. Charges to garden waste collections will start in April 2025 and coincide with our new weekly food waste collection.

Signing up this year will not automatically commit you to an ongoing subscription. We will let you know in good time of any charges prior to the new subscription year starting.

The subscription form for the Garden Waste Collections Service will be available from 4 March at: 

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