Changes to the garden waste service
From Monday 26 September, Buckinghamshire Council will offer a single chargeable ‘opt-in’ Garden Waste collection service, at a cost of £50* per bin, per year.
*properties not suitable for wheeled bins will be issued with reusable bags
This means anyone who has previously received free collections of garden waste will now have to subscribe, paying an annual fee to continue receiving fortnightly kerbside garden waste collections from the council.
Why our service is changing
Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free of charge and not everyone uses the service. Making it an opt-in service will mean that only those who use it pay.
How and when to sign up
A letter will be sent to residents advising that the date for changes to the garden waste service has changed to Monday 26 September. The letter will also provide more information about the garden waste service.
The chargeable opt-in garden waste service will begin on Monday 26 September but you can sign up and pay for the service anytime before this date.
The annual subscription will commence on Monday 26 September 2022 and expire at the end of September 2023. (The system may display an expiry date of 31 July 2023 - please ignore this)
You will be sent a sticker in September before the service starts.
After you sign up to the new service
Garden waste collections
Collections will take place fortnightly with a 6-week suspension during December and January.
Garden waste stickers
You will receive a sticker to put on your bin or bag to show that you have registered for the service, this is how we know that you have signed up.
If you haven't received your sticker but have registered and paid for a valid subscription, your garden waste container will still be emptied. Please place your sticker on your bin or bag as soon as it arrives as this helps our crews easily identify which containers are eligible for collection.
Garden waste bins
If you haven’t had the service previously, we will supply a new bin or bag. We will not be providing a new garden waste container if there is already one in use at the property. If your bin or bag is broken, you can request a replacement bin
Additional garden waste bins
There is no maximum amount of garden waste bins you can have. They are all charged at £50 per bin per year. Additional subscriptions can start at any time but will be charged at the same rate and will expire at the same time as the first subscription. We are not able to pro rata additional subscription charges.
All containers (bins or bags) are charged at £50 per container, per year. There are no discounts available for multiple bins.
If you don't want to sign up to the new service
If you do not wish to subscribe to the new service:
- you may wish to keep your bin to use for storage of additional waste in between collections (you can reuse your bin such as converting it into a water butt or compost bin)
- you can instead dispose of garden waste at home by composting or you can take garden waste to your nearest Household Recycling Centre to recycle free of charge
If you do not wish to reuse your bin, we will be able to collect your bin after 6 months.