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Garden waste

Garden waste

From April 2023, residents will receive the same garden waste service with collections every two weeks, throughout the year. The service is charged but optional - you don't need to sign up.


You will need to pay an annual subscription of £40 by debit or credit card. You can sign up, ready for collections starting in the first two weeks of April, at any time.

You will receive registration and renewal date stickers for your bin (in February if subscribing in advance). If you need a garden bin, this will be delivered by March.

Your subscription will last 12 months from the point of purchase. If you sign up early ready for the change, it will run from April to April.

You can order 10 sacks at £16.50 for one-off collections.

You can also order a discounted home composter through Get Composting if you don't want to sign up.

East Northamptonshire

If you are currently subscribed in the East Northamptonshire area, you will need to apply when your current subscription expires.

If you're an existing East Northamptonshire customer, your first bin subscription will be discounted to £20 (if you sign up before the end of December 2023).

If you're already paying by direct debit, this will continue at the lower cost and will be automatically discounted.

Other information

The following service is provided in North Northamptonshire until April 2023.
  • Corby and Kettering areas: Free of charge, all year
  • Wellingborough area: Free of charge, from March to November
  • East Northamptonshire area: £40 yearly charge, all year, subscription service

From April 2023, garden waste collections will become a separately charged and optional service.

Wellingborough garden waste

In the Wellingborough area and surrounding villages, garden waste collections stopped in November. Free collections start again in the weeks commencing 13 and 20 March 2023. Please put your garden waste bin out at the same time as your recycling bin.

From April, our charged service starts, so you will need to sign up for paid collections. You can sign up now ready for this.

Providing a bin, sharing a bin, what to do with unwanted bins or moving home, and extra waste.

You'll use your current garden waste bin if you have one. We'll provide a standard-sized 240 litre bin if you don't.

You can have a maximum of four bins per household - but these need to be ordered at the same time. You will be charged a £40 subscription for each bin.

Sharing a bin

You can share a bin with a neighbour - you can decide how to split its use and pay for it but this agreement will not be our responsibility.

Unwanted bins or moving home

Unwanted bins can be taken away but we can't guarantee when. We won't automatically remove the bin if you don't sign up. They can't be accepted at our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

If you move house and stay in North Northamptonshire, you should leave the old bin and order another at your new address by contacting us.

Extra waste

We will only collect garden waste that fits in the garden waste bin with the lid closed, unless it is contained within provided council-supplied compostable sacks.

Extra waste left by the side of your bin will not be collected.

Service information over winter and what happens if a collection date changes.

Reduced service over the year or in winter

Enough green waste is generated in the winter to provide an all year service and we can remove Christmas trees.

A reduced service would offer little savings as we still have our crews and vehicles to pay and maintain.

Collection day changes

If collection days change in the future we will inform you in good time.

Why we are charging for this service.

Funding to local government has reduced over the past years and we have made tough choices about how we fund our services.

By law, we must collect garden waste separately but we are allowed to charge for it. Over 80% of all local authorities in England and Wales do this.

It costs approximately £3 million every year to provide this service. The costs would be higher if residents already paying for a subscription didn't need to.

We will not be making a profit on this service as the £40 fee was calculated by looking at costs for containers, collections (including the charges we incur for taking it for composting) and administration. The subscription at £40 does not cover the full cost of the service.

There will be no discounts available for those on benefits. Fees will be reviewed yearly and you will not receive a reduction in council tax for using this service.

Garden waste is taken to a composting site where it is shredded and put into large, long heaps.

The waste is turned regularly to improve oxygen content, distribute heat to regulate the temperature and to distribute moisture.

The whole process takes in the region of sixteen weeks to produce a product which can then be screened to remove any contaminants (such as plastic) before use. It can then be used as a soil conditioner.

There is a cost to us to dispose of this waste and we do not make a profit from it.

Housing associations, sheltered accommodation and other landlords

If you're a landlord and need to order garden waste bins for other properties (e.g. bins for multiple properties) please contact our team and we may be able to set up an invoiced service for you.

Last updated 27 January 2023