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Charging for the collection of garden waste is just one of a range of difficult decisions the council has had to make in order to help reduce costs due to ongoing government budget cuts.
Previously your council tax contributed to the cost of running this service but due to government budget cuts we are now required to distribute this money differently across council services. Charging separately for garden waste collections means only those residents who benefit from the service contribute towards it.
Our experience is that levels of fly tipping have not increased. Other local authorities with similar services, with whom we have consulted, have also not reported any increased levels of fly tipping. Any incidents of fly tipping will be investigated and enforcement action taken.
The annual subscription price for the fortnightly collection of one standard sized brown bin is £35. If you subscribe before 5pm on Friday 8 March, 2019 this is discounted to £30 per bin.
By subscribing to the 2019/20 service you will receive fortnightly collections of garden waste from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.
Yes. Full details of your brown bin collection dates are on your collection calendar or are available on our find your bin collection day facility.
Only brown bins from properties that have subscribed and paid for the service will have their bin emptied.
Subscribed bins should be displaying a valid subscription sticker. In addition the collection vehicles will have an electronic record of properties that have subscribed to the scheme.
The quickest and easiest way to sign up is online by visiting garden waste collection (apply or renew). We can accept payment by debit or credit card. If you are unable to pay using this method please contact us to discuss alternatives.
Within 10 working days you will receive a unique permit for your bin(s) to confirm you have subscribed. Your permit should be clearly displayed on the back of your bin so that is it is visible to our crews on collection day. We cannot guarantee collection during this delivery period.
Yes. You can request as many brown bins as you require at a delivery charge of £15.40 per bin. Please note however that the annual subscription charge is applicable to each bin. Bins remain the property of Preston City Council.
No. Only garden waste contained within your brown bin will be collected. Should you have extra garden waste on a regular basis we would recommend purchasing multiple bins and subscriptions.
No. If you currently have a small brown bin and you choose to subscribe to the scheme, we can exchange your small bin for a standard sized one free of charge upon request.
If you do not have a bin you can request one when you subscribe to the service at a delivery charge of £15.40 in addition to your subscription. You are responsible for any loss or damage to your wheeled bin and charges apply. If your bin is damaged in the course of collection, this will be reported by our crews and your bin will be replaced or repaired free of charge.
You will need to check with us if your new property is subscribed to the service. The subscription fee is specific to the property and bins should remain at the property should you move. Bins presented without a subscription will not be emptied.
No. The annual charge is for a single bin and applies to all households regardless of personal circumstances.
No. If you join part way through the year the full rate will still apply.
No. There is no reduced rate if you do not fill your brown bin. If you only have limited amounts of garden waste you may wish to share a bin and the subscription cost with a neighbour. The council does not take responsibility for such arrangements and these should be agreed and managed privately.
Following a 14 day cooling off period the subscription charge is non-refundable.
No. Missed collections of bins are rare; it may be because it contains the wrong items or is too heavy for safe handling by the crew. If this is the case you will be notified by the collection crew. Should we experience adverse weather conditions or access problems we will always make every effort to return and empty your bin where possible. In the unlikely event that your bin is not collected due to error please complete the online missed bin form on the council’s website within 48 hours and we will return as soon as possible to empty it.
No. If there is any change to your collection day in the future you will be informed separately.
It is likely that the time of day your bin is collected will change and may vary from collection to collection. These variations may be more obvious in the winter. To ensure your bin is emptied please continue to place it out for collection by 7am.
You can use your brown bin for all compostable garden waste such as leaves, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, small branches and twigs, dead plants, cut flowers, weeds (with the exception of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive plants) and wind fallen fruit. Your brown bin should NOT be used for soil, rubble, plant pots, food waste and packaging, cardboard, plastic bags, general waste and liquids. For full details of what can be disposed of in your brown bin please check your collection calendar or visit garden waste collection (apply or renew) for more information.
We are unable to empty bins containing incorrect or prohibited items. Such bins will be reported and tagged by the collection crew and you will need to remove any contamination before your next scheduled collection. Bins that are too heavy to be safely moved may also be rejected.
If you choose not to subscribe to the scheme, your garden waste will not be collected and you will need to make alternative disposal arrangements. Garden waste can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres or you may wish to consider home composting (for more information see the GetComposting website). Garden waste should not be disposed of in your grey bin. The council advises against the burning of garden waste on domestic bonfires.
You can contact us to request the removal of any unwanted brown bins. Please note that if your bin is removed and you then decide to subscribe to the scheme in the future you would need to request a new bin. The charge of £15.40 would apply in addition to the subscription charge.
We only ask for information that is necessary to perform a contract with you in line with current Data Protection legislation, and to ensure that the service provided complies with the Environmental Protection Act, 1990. Your data is not shared with any third parties and you can be sure it will not be passed on for marketing purposes. The full privacy notice can be found on the website at garden waste collection (apply or renew).
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.