Garden waste collections
If you signed up for the new garden waste service earlier this summer we will send you your bin permit and collection calendar at the end of September. The new service starts from 8 October and the current service stops on 5 October. If you have not signed up for garden waste collections you should check your current calendar for your last collection before this date.
How to register for garden waste collections
Registration for the garden waste service is currently closed and re-opens at 9am on 1 October until 12pm on 16 October. The fortnightly service costs £25 and will give you a permit which will be valid until 6 October 2019. Once you’ve registered it will take 6 – 8 weeks for us to add you to our collection routes and send you a garden waste permit before we can begin emptying your brown bin.
If you’d like us to let you know when registration re-opens please sign up for an email reminder below.
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New garden waste collections
- Earlier this year an annual £25 fee was introduced to collect brown garden waste bins. The service will run fortnightly throughout the year, instead of once every three weeks from 8 October 2018.
- The current free garden waste service will stop on 5 October 2018 and the new service will begin from 8 October.
- Registration for the garden waste service is currently closed and re-opens at 9am on 1 October until 12pm on 16 October. Please sign up for an email reminder and we’ll let you know when you can sign up again.
- If you sign up during October it will take 6 – 8 weeks for us to add you to our collection routes and send you a garden waste permit before we can begin emptying your brown bin.
Why we're charging for garden waste collections
Our costs are increasing and more people are using our services, whilst our income is reducing. The £25 per year charge was agreed by the Council at a meeting in February and it is estimated it will save £1.3 million each year and allow us to provide a more frequent service.
As garden waste collection is not a statutory service, and with reducing budgets and increasing costs, we can no longer afford to provide the service for free.
Over 40% of Councils in the UK charge for a garden waste collection and some have stopped the service altogether.
The £25 charge is lower than many other Councils and works out at less than 50p per week.
Does everyone need to pay?
- You do not need to sign up for this service. However, if you choose not to sign up you will stop receiving garden waste collections when the free service stops.
- If you receive Council Tax Reduction (formerly called Council Tax Benefit) the service will continue to be free, however you will still need to register to receive the service. Other exemptions such as single occupancy discount do not qualify for free garden waste collections.
- If you are a Garden Aid customer you will still need to pay for the service, unless you are exempt for the above reason (but you will still need to register).
- Residents who have their garden waste collected by Tiphereth will also need to register and pay to continue receiving the service.
How will the service work?
We will empty your brown bin once every two weeks all year round.
You will need to renew your permit every year before it expires to continue receiving the service.
Once you have signed up and we have received your payment we will send you a new collection calendar and a permit sticker to put on your bin.
We will only empty brown bins with valid permit stickers.
There is no limit to how many garden waste bins you can have but there will be an annual charge of £25 per bin.
If your garden waste bin is damaged or missing you will need to order a new bin. We will only deliver new garden waste bins to properties with a bin that is missing or damaged and therefore unserviceable.
If you want to share a bin with your neighbours you will need to agree on one resident acting as the lead for booking and paying for the service.
If you move house you can transfer your permit to your new address. You will need to give us six weeks notice to update our system and take your brown bin and permit sticker with you to your new address.
Read the garden waste terms and conditions.
What should I do with my garden waste if I don't sign up?
- We would encourage you to continue to recycle as much as possible by using a compost bin and our recycling centres.
- You can also book a special uplift of your garden waste for £35 for up to 28 bags of waste.
- If you don't want to keep your brown bin you can fill out a form on our website and we will arrange to collect your bin. This form will be available in October once the free service ends.
How do I recycle garden waste?
- You can find out what to put in your garden bin on our recycling pages.
- You can find more information about composting on the Changeworks website
- You can also take your garden waste to one of our recycling centres.
- Find out what happens to all the recycling and waste collected in Edinburgh.