Garden waste collection

Details of the new garden waste collection service and how to opt in

Opt in now to have your garden waste collected

Opt in now to have your garden waste collected

From January 2017 the collection of garden waste from households in the Lancaster district will become a subscription-only service. You will need to opt in and pay the subscription fee if you want the council to collect your garden waste.

The charge is being introduced to plug a budget black hole that will see the costs of collecting household waste boom from £2.85million to £4.14 million over the next few years.

This is as a result of losing funding from Lancashire County Council towards the recycling service, along with ongoing reductions in funding from central government.

Subscription and cost:

  • This is an opt-in service - you only pay if you wish to use the service.
  • The green waste subscription service takes effect from January 2017.
  • The cost is £30 per bin if you sign up before 31st March 2017. If you sign up after 1st April 2017 the charge is £37.50.
  • You will need to register by 6th January 2017 to ensure that you don't miss any collections.
  • The opportunity to share a bin with a neighbour would halve the costs for you both.

Once subscribed:

  • Once you have paid for the service you will receive a sticker to place on your bin. The collection crew will also have a list of subscribed properties.
  • Collections will continue on a fortnightly basis and collection dates remain the same. Please ensure you put your bin out by 7am on your scheduled collection day. If you have lost your calendar you can check your collection dates online.
  • Only garden waste must be placed in the green bin.

Alternatively:

  • If you choose not to opt in you can either compost your green waste at home or take it to one of the household waste recycling centres operated by Lancashire County Council.

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Last updated: 05 December 2016