Garden waste collection (apply or renew)
If you are a Preston resident and wish to receive fortnightly garden waste (brown bin) collections, you need to subscribe to our garden waste collection service.
You can now subscribe for the 2023/24 collection year. Subscriptions are valid for the 12 month period from 3 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
Christmas collections and recycling real trees
The last garden waste collections are on Friday 15 December 2023 and will start again on Monday 15 January 2024.
If you are subscribed to our garden waste collection service and would like us to recycle your real Christmas tree, please chop it up and put it in your brown bin on your scheduled bin collection day and we will collect it free of charge.
What can I put in my garden waste bin?
To find out what you can put in your garden waste bin see What can I put in my brown (garden waste) bin?
How much is it?
The garden waste subscription charge for 2023/24 is £35 for the emptying of one brown bin fortnightly.
This will cover garden waste collections made between 3 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
If you subscribe part way through the year the full charge will still apply. Before applying or renewing please read our subscription terms and conditions.
Please note: if you pay for your subscription at a PayPoint store or Post Office by cash or credit/debit card using your renewal letter you should not incur any extra charges.
How do I apply or renew?
To apply or renew for the 2023/24 collection year complete our secure online form:
Once you have submitted your form, you will receive a unique bin permit in the post. Please follow the instructions on the reverse of the sticker and make sure it is clearly displayed on your bin.
Please note: If you do not have a brown bin, you will need to request a new bin. This includes a delivery charge of £17 per bin. You can request as many brown bins as you need. However the subscription charge will apply to each bin.
When are the collections?
For most properties in Preston, garden waste collections take place on your general waste collection day. To check your brown bin collection day see:
Please ensure your bin is presented for collection by 7am on your collection day and is returned to your property as soon as possible after collection.
What happens next?
Once you have submitted your form, you will receive a unique bin permit in the post within ten working days. If you do not receive your permit within this time please contact us.
Please follow the instructions on the reverse of the sticker and make sure it is clearly displayed on your bin. Our crews will not empty bins that do not display a valid permit.
What if I want to cancel?
You have 14 working days from the date you subscribed to cancel your subscription.
Requests to cancel the service can be made in writing via one of the following ways:
Cancel by email
Cancel by post
Preston City Council
What if I don't want to subscribe?
For wider information about the service see the garden waste collection - frequently asked questions section below.