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Garden Waste Collections

How it works

The council offers an opt-in garden waste collection service.


This service costs £40 per green bin per year, running from 1st April to 31st March. Collections are fortnightly excluding Christmas/New year and a four week winter service break (usually around February when garden waste tonnage is at its lowest).

You can opt in for collections at any time but there are no discounts for part-year subscriptions. All subscriptions end on 31st March. We do not offer any discounts for any reason, including benefits claimants, multiple bin subscriptions or infrequent collections.

After you sign up we will send you a permit sticker to put on your green bin. Permits will arrive within 10 working days of payment.

We’ve partnered with Planters Garden Centre again to provide Green Bin Service customers with special offers including free hot drinks and money off vouchers. To get your vouchers simply take the printed backing label off your permit (not the permit itself) to the Information Desk in Planters Garden Centre, Trinity Road, Kingsbury, B78 2EY.  We hope you enjoy them!

Sign up

Sign up will reopen in January 2023 for collections from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024.

We encourage you to sign up early to allow enough time to send your new permit sticker out to you and avoid any disruption to your collections.

When signing up, after payment please make sure you wait until you are re-directed back to our online form where you will be given a reference number starting with GBC and a confirmation email will be sent if you have provided an email address. If you are not re-directed or do not receive an email confirmation, please check your online banking to see if a payment has been taken. If no payment has been taken, please apply again or ring our Contact Centre on 01827715341.

After you sign up we will send you a permit sticker to put on your green bin. Permits will arrive within 10 working days of payment.

Once this has been received please stick this on the back of your green bin below the handle, so that the crews can see it when they come to do the collections. Your green bin will not be emptied without a valid permit sticker.

Where to place your garden waste permit












​​Time and Place

On your collection day please put your bin out at the edge of your property with handles facing the road by 6:30am.

Find out your collection day using our rubbish and recycling collection search.

What to put in your green lidded bin:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Twigs and small branches
  • All raw and cooked food (including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, bones, dairy, bread and pastries, tea bags and coffee grounds)
  • Compostable bags (not plastic bags including those labelled biodegradable)
  • Pet bedding from herbivorous animals (wood shavings, hay and straw)
  • Christmas Trees (cut in to pieces)

What you can't put in your green lidded bin:

  • Plastic bags including biodegradable bags
  • Soil or turf
  • Dog poo and cat litter (bag it and put it in your black bin)
  • Ash (bag it and put it in your black bin)
  • Bricks and rubble
  • Any plastics including plant pots and garden furniture

Food Waste

Food waste can be put in the bin loose, wrapped in newspaper or in a compostable bag. Please do not use plastic bags including those labelled biodegradable in your green bin. Compostable bags break down completely in the composting process whereas biodegradable bags do not.

Side waste

The Council has a no side waste policy. Any extra waste placed next to your bin will not be collected.

Missed bin

Please report a missed bin using the link below

Report a missed bin

Missing or damaged bin

You can order a replacement bin or ask for a repair using the link below.

Order/Book a replacement, repair, collection of a spare bin, need extra capacity

Collection of a spare bin

You can request the collection of a spare bin using the link below. Please note, if you opt in to the service at a later date and need a green bin the new and replacement bin fee will apply.

Order/Book a replacement, repair, collection of a spare bin, need extra capacity

Severe Weather

Why we sometimes have difficulty collecting bins in snow and ice.

Last updated Wednesday, 23rd November 2022

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