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Garden waste collection (apply or renew)

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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 subscribe for the 2021/22 collection year. Subscriptions are valid for the 12-month period from 5 April 2021 to 3 April 2022.

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 garden waste bin?

How much does it cost?

The garden waste subscription charge for 2021/22 is £35 for the emptying of one brown bin fortnightly.

This will cover garden waste collections made between 5 April 2021 to 3 April 2022.

If you subscribe part way through the year the full charge will still apply.

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.

If you do not have a brown bin, you will need to request a new brown bin. This includes a delivery charge of £16 per bin. You can request as many brown bins as you need. However the subscription charge will apply to each bin.

How do I apply or renew?

To apply or renew for the 2021/22 collection year complete our secure online form:

Apply or renew garden waste collection

Please note: before applying or renewing please read our subscription terms and conditions.

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.

When are garden waste collections?

Garden waste collections take place on your bin collection day. To search for your collection day see:

Find my bin collection day

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 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 post

Waste Management
Preston City Council
Argyll Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 6JY

Cancel by email

wastemanagement@preston.gov.uk.

What if I don't want to subscribe?

If you choose not to subscribe, then you must either take your garden waste to a recycling centre (tip) or compost it at home..  You should not dispose of garden waste in your general waste bin.

If you no longer require your brown bin you should contact us to arrange for its removal.

For wider information about the service see Garden waste collection - frequently asked question from the documents section.

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