Garden waste service

Garden waste registration is closed

Registration for the garden waste service is now closed. The next registration period for the garden waste service opens on 1 December 2021 for the service starting in February 2022.

The payment will remain £35 and your permit will be valid until 6 November 2022.


The current service year runs until 7 November 2021 and the next service year will run from 8 November 2021 to 6 November 2022. Brown bin(s) will be emptied once every two weeks, except over the festive period when the service will be suspended for four weeks between 20 December and 16 January 2022.

Read the garden waste terms and conditions

Permit sticker

If you have signed up during the recent registration period for the next service year, we will send your permit sticker along with a garden waste calendar between 25 October and 3 November. Make sure you display your permit sticker on your brown bin before 8 November as we can only empty bins with valid permit stickers.

If you have not received your permit(s) please notify us within 28 days of the service start date. For the recent registration period please notify us before 6 December 2021.

Damaged or missing bins

If you do not have a garden waste bin, or it is damaged, to order a new bin you can email

[email protected].

You must give your full name and Garden Waste service address with the reason for your request.

Moving house

You can transfer your permit to your new address if you move house. You must give us at least six weeks’ notice and take your brown bin and permit sticker with you when you move. To let us know please email

[email protected].


Permits cost £35 for each brown bin, for fortnightly collections. 

The cost of a permit has increased from £25 to £35.The decision to increase the price was agreed at Council in February.

This is the first price increase since we introduced a paid collection service three years ago. The cost of running the service has increased since then and to ensure we can continue to run the service we've had to review the pricing.

The price increase ensures that we’re able to continue to cover the costs of collecting garden waste from your home and the costs associated with that. There is no charge for disposing of the collected materials. Garden waste collections are a non-statutory service and some Councils don’t provide this service, while across the UK most charge for it.

Our new rate is less than most council areas and works out at less than 70p per week.

Other ways to recycle

You can still recycle your garden waste by using a compost bin or by booking an appointment at one of our recycling centres.

Find out what happens to all the recycling and waste collected in Edinburgh.