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Wellingborough area

Some collections in the Wellingborough area will be delayed this week due to limited crews.

Garden waste

Garden waste - Future service and the environment

Increasing fly-tipping

Whilst there is a perception that fly tipping would increas, the data does not support this. The majority of fly tipping relates to waste from small and medium enterprises and often contains evidence relating to construction, demolition waste, waste relating to businesses (tyres, house clearances, etc) and other household waste.

We will be closely monitoring fly tipping as it links closely to our littering and fly tipping strategy and have strategies in place to deal with and disrupt this, in the unlikely event that we see increased incidents of garden waste fly-tipping.


The majority of North Northamptonshire waste is either recycled or goes for energy recovery. It is already the policy for the council that household general waste containers should not be used to dispose of material that can be composted or recycled.

Impact of driving to Household Waste and Recycling Centres

We have accounted for the expected increased throughput at those sites.

Recycling targets

Later this year, North Northamptonshire Council is expected to produce its Waste Strategy, and we expect to set realistic targets that also take account of our commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 as well as national recycling targets

Helping the environment

North Northamptonshire Council has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

It is important to dispose of all waste responsibly and in a manner that reduces harm to the environment. The most environmentally friendly way to deal with garden waste is to compost it in your garden. It is not good for the environment to put it in the black bin with your general waste because this waste goes towards either energy recovery or energy production. Garden waste has a high water content and therefore uses a lot of energy to burn so using these disposal methods is not a good way to dispose of garden waste.

Garden waste collected through the garden waste service or at the council’s Household Waste and Recycling Facilities (HWRCs) is turned into compost for use in farming or horticulture.

There is also a financial cost to the council for disposing of waste. The cheapest option for the council is for residents to compost at home. The most expensive disposal option for the council is the general waste, which is another reason why it is important to reduce as much waste as possible being disposed of through this route.

Providing a universal garden waste service without an additional charge to all residents requires the council to drive refuse vehicles along every road even if residents choose not to use the service. A subscription service means the council only drives to properties who have opted to pay for the service and are likely to need a collection. As a result, it is likely that a subscription service will require fewer vehicles and use less fuel, both of which are better for the environment.

Last updated 12 July 2022