Garden waste

The garden waste service is a £25 fee bin collection service that runs from October 2019 to October 2020. This is your last chance to join the current service year. If you have not registered already, and don't register now, your garden waste bin will not get emptied.

Download garden waste policy (PDF 16 KB)

What you need to do

Registration for the garden waste service is open until 2pm on the 3 February. To sign up please follow the steps below.

Step 1 - register

If you haven't already, you'll need to register with mygovscot myaccount.

If you already have an account, it is important to check your details are up to date. Need help with mygovscot myaccount?

Step 2 - sign up and pay

Sign up and pay for garden waste collections

  • Sign up to receive fortnightly garden waste collections for £25 per brown bin.
  • The service year runs until 4 October 2020.
  • This is your last chance to sign up to the service, but the payment will remain £25 and permits will be valid for the remainder of the service year.
  • If you want to share a bin with your neighbours you will need to agree on one resident acting as the lead in paying for the sevice and reporting any issues.
  • Read the garden waste terms and conditions.

Do you need to pay?

  • If you choose to not sign up for the service then you will not receive garden waste collections.
  • If you receive Council Tax reduction formerly called Council Tax benefit or are registered severely mentally impaired, the service will continue to be free, however you will still need to register to receive the service.
  • Other exemptions like single occupancy discount don't 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 Council Tax reduction however you will still need to register to receive the service.
  • If you have your garden waste collected by Tiphereth you will also need to register and pay to continue receiving the service.

Step 3 - permit sticker

We will send you a permit in early March prior to collections which start from mid-March. Please stick your permit sticker onto your brown bin.

We will only empty brown bins that display a valid permit sticker and have the correct materials in them.

Find out what you can put in your garden waste bin.

Step 4 - renew your permit

You will need to renew your permit every year before it expires to continue receiving the service. Permits are valid until 4 October 2020.

Damaged or missing bins

If your garden waste bin is damaged or missing, you will need to order a new bin. If you don't have a current subscription, you will need to phone us to order a new bin

0131 608 1100.

Moving house

If you move to a new house you can transfer your permit to your new address. Please give us up to 6 weeks' notice and take your brown bin and permit sticker with you.

Return your unwanted bin

If you no longer want your brown bin, then we can arrange an uplift for you.

Return your unwanted brown bin

Other ways to recycle

You can still recycle your garden waste by using a compost bin and our recycling centres .

You can also book a special uplift for your garden waste for £35 for up to 28 bags of waste.

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