Garden Waste Collections

Reduction of garden waste collections

Prices have been frozen for this garden waste subscription year 2023/24. From 1 April 2023 Garden waste collections will be reduced from 23 to 20 collections, with no collections during the winter months of December, January and February. The usual fortnightly collections will resume in March when demand increases ready for the spring season.

Payments and further information 

Household garden waste collections are an optional and chargeable service available to residents within the Blaby District. Collections take place every two weeks (on the same day as your recycling) between March and November, and there are no collections from December to February.  

  • The subscription period runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. There are no pro rata reductions for 'in year' payments, so if possible, ensure you subscribe before 01 April to benefit from a full year's service
  • You will need to subscribe annually to have your garden waste collected
  • If you are an existing Direct Debit customer your subscription will automatically renew each year (you do not need to contact us or complete the form below)
  • Payment is taken in advance by credit or debit card using the "request garden waste service" link below. (To pay by Direct Debit you need to subscribe by 15 February.)
  • Once payment has been received we will send you a sticker. Please place this on your bin underneath the handles as proof of payment
  • If you need to order a bin, this will be delivered separately to the sticker

Existing customers

Direct Debit customers (you do not need to complete the form above "Request Garden Waste service").

If you are unsure whether you have a Direct Debit arranged, the "Check my garden waste subscription" form below will indicate if a subscription is already in place for 1 April on wards. If you wish to make changes to this you will need to use the "request Garden Waste Service" form above.

Other customers

If you are unsure on the type of subscription you have in place, the form below will allow you to check what subscription you have, if any.

Before subscribing to or renewing the service using the button above, please read the terms and conditions below. 

Terms and conditions

By agreeing to pay for the above service, the resident(s) (you) will be accepting the terms and conditions below:

You have agreed to pay Blaby District Council (Blaby District Council) to collect compostable garden waste that has been placed in a brown lidded garden waste wheeled bin. The service is provided fortnightly between March and November, and there are no collections between December and February.

The subscription period for the service is fixed between the dates of 1 April to 31 March.

Payment is required each year in advance of receiving the service. Once payment is received, a valid subscription sticker will be issued within 10 working days. This sticker should be affixed beneath the handles of the brown lidded garden waste bin. Only upon receiving and affixing the sticker will the bin become eligible for service. Therefore, only bins displaying a valid subscription sticker will be emptied.

Pro rata payments for the service are not available. If purchasing the service part way through the fixed subscription period there will be no reductions to the annual price of the service.

If you move house within the district you will be entitled to transfer your subscription to your new home. You will need to contact us in order to do this using the details below. Please do not take your bin with you to your new home. Blaby District Council will arrange for a bin to be delivered (if required) and send a replacement subscription sticker that displays your new address.

Subscription payment refunds will not be provided (in full or in part) where:

  • You move out of the district at any time
  • Blaby District Council miss the collection of your garden waste bin (we may return to empty your bin if it is found that we were at fault)
  • Where waste in a bin is frozen (or the bin lid is frozen) or heavily compacted to such an extent that it won’t fall out of the bin when turned on the vehicle lift mechanism
  • You stop using the service for any reason

Brown lidded garden waste bins must only be used to dispose of compostable garden waste. Acceptable materials are listed on the webpage below, and on the subscription sticker which is sent to you. Collection crews will not collect waste from any bin that contains unsuitable material and will log the issue. In this instance, no return collections will be possible until your next scheduled collection and once any non-accepted items have been removed.

Compostable garden waste can be heavy. If the weight of a bin is not at a safe and manageable level for the collection crew (usually due to the material being compacted and/or wet) then the collection will be rejected and logged. No return collections will be possible until your next scheduled collection, and some of the material will need to be removed by you in order to reach a safe and manageable weight.

Your brown lidded garden waste bin should be presented for service by 7 am on the scheduled collection day and be clearly visible and accessible next to the edge of the public highway (pavement).

All bins will remain the property of Blaby District Council at all times. If your bin becomes damaged as a result of wear and tear or during collection operations, Blaby District Council will replace or repair the bin at no charge. Please report bin damage to the council

Blaby District Council will retain the right to suspend or reschedule garden waste collections should it becomes necessary due to factors beyond its control that prevent safe operations from taking place such as severe weather conditions.

What will it cost?

Two sizes are of garden bins are available and you can subscribe to as many garden waste bins as you need. The costs are:-

  • A small 140-litre garden bin is £28.20 per year for each bin
  • A large 240-litre garden bin is £41.70 per year for each bin
  • A change from one size to another is £13.50 per year for each bin (this is only applicable after you have subscribed for the current year)

There are no pro rata reductions for ‘in year’ payments, so if you want to benefit from a full year’s service you need to subscribe by 1 April 2023.

For all subscriptions placed over the phone, a transaction fee of £2 will be applied to the total order.

Existing customers

Direct Debit customers (you do not need to complete the form above "Request Garden Waste service").

If you are unsure whether you have a Direct Debit arranged, the "Check my garden waste subscription" form above will indicate if a subscription is already in place for 01 April on wards. If you wish to make changes to this you will need to use the "request Garden Waste Service" form above.

If you want to change the bank account that the Direct Debit is collected from please contact our customer services team

If you would like to change your current subscription

Please click on the “request garden waste service” form above. This will state your current subscription and ask if you would like to make any changes to it.

How do I subscribe or renew?

Sign up by 16 March to receive collections from 01 April using the form above. There are no pro rata reductions for ‘in year’ payments. Payment can be made by debit or credit card.

On subscribing or renewing to the service you will have the option to increase or decrease the quantity and size of bins you have.

Garden waste bin stickers

Stickers will arrive within 10 working days of payment being made, if it has been more than 10 working days since payment was taken for your subscription please complete the online form below.

For replacement of damaged or missing bins please visit our Replacement Bins Page.

If you have mobility or health issues you can request the Assisted Collections service to help you with your bin on collection day. 

What can I put in my garden waste bin?

We take all collected garden waste to local farmers, where it is composted and used on their own land.

The materials below can all be placed in your garden waste bin.

Garden bins - Accepted items

  • Grass and hedge cuttings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Weeds with soil shaken off
  • Flowers and plants
  • Leaves and bark

The materials below are examples of material that cannot be composted by local farmers and therefore cannot be placed in your garden waste bin.

Garden bins - Examples of items not accepted

  • Any food waste
  • Any plastic (including bags)
  • Hard-core and soil
  • General refuse
  • Animal waste
Christmas trees

We can collect your Christmas tree as part of your garden waste subscription. So that the collection team can safely handle and load the trees onto the vehicle, please ensure that the Christmas tree is cut up and placed inside your garden waste bin with the lid closed.

Christmas trees can also be taken to the Leicestershire County Council household waste sites

If you're moving house

Moving within the district

When moving within the district, please leave your garden waste bin at your old property. You will need to inform us when you have moved house so we can organise the delivery of a new garden bin to you and update our records to make sure the invoice is going to the correct address. Tell us you're moving house.

Moving out of the district

If you move out of the district, we will no longer collect your garden waste. Please leave your bin at the property you are leaving. Please ensure to cancel your Direct Debit instruction with your bank as we do not offer refunds for this service.

Garden waste collection dates

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Last updated 17 January 2023
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