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Changes to Disposal of Food Waste

From 1 April 2024 food waste will no longer be accepted as part of the garden waste collections. By law we cannot charge for the collection of food waste and now that the garden waste service is moving over to a chargeable service, food waste has to be excluded. Any food waste you have will have to be placed in the grey bin. Find out more on the Food Waste page.

On 31 March 2024 the existing free garden bin service will come to an end and be replaced with a new fortnightly garden waste subscription service.

The cost per year is £57.50 for one garden waste bin and £30 per additional bin (up to a maximum of 3 additional bins).  You can pay by credit/debit card or by Direct Debit. You can also share bins with neighbours to reduce the cost. 

Please refer to our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for full details of the new service.

Sign up to the garden waste service or ask for your bin to be removed
If you choose to sign up by Direct Debit, your first annual payment will be taken within five working days of submission of the form. Card Payments will be taken immediately. In both cases you will receive an email confirming the payment details. Direct Debit payments for subsequent years will be taken in February, starting from February 2025. You will be notified in advance of the payment being taken so you can ensure you have sufficient funds in your account.

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about the service. If you'd like to find out more, please see the FAQs further down the page, which provide more detailed information.

Please complete the online  form to either sign up to the service or ask for your bin to be removed. If you are signing up, you can pay by credit/debit card or Direct Debit

We will be sending out stickers for the garden waste collection service by 1 April 2024.

The collection vehicles also have ‘in-cab’ technology to see which households have subscribed to the service.

If you subscribe to the service you can put the following in the garden waste bin:

Yes please

√ Weeds

√ Hedge trimmings

√ Small twigs and branches (less than 2.5cm (1") in diameter)

√ Grass cuttings

√ Flowers, plants, and windfall fruit

√ Leaves

√ Shredded paper

√ Small animal bedding (vegetarian only, for example rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats

No thank you

X Food waste

X Plastic bags or bin bags

X Flowerpots and trays

X Soil

X Stones or rubble

X Branches or logs (larger than 2.5cm (1") in diameter)

X Any other household rubbish

X Textiles

X Animal waste

X Compost and turf

By law, we cannot charge for the collection of food waste. As there is a charge for the new garden waste service, this means we cannot accept food waste as part of these collections.

If the waste is from a vegetable patch or windfall fruit, it is classed as garden waste and you can put it in your garden bin. If the waste comes from your kitchen, it is classed as food waste and you cannot put it in your garden bin.

We are fully committed to continuing to providing residents with advice to help them minimise the amount of food waste they generate. 

To learn more visit Pledge to Fight Food Waste on the Recap website

Approximately 70% of the food waste from UK households that is thrown away is edible. By cutting food waste the average UK household can save £500 each year.

We want to encourage residents to reduce the amount of food waste that they are generating which not only helps the environment but saves you money too.

Love food Hate Waste provides tips to assist householders to reduce their food waste, from how to store your food to make it last longer, portion planning to some great recipes to use up your leftovers.

There will always be some food waste and if you have or are thinking about home composting or a wormery, these are an ideal way to create soil conditioner for your garden.

You can also put food waste in your grey refuse bin. The contents of these bins are treated via a Mechanical Biological Treatment plant (MBT).

Currently 37% of grey bin waste is food waste. We do not expect a significant increase in this percentage  based on the analysis of other councils that charge for garden waste collections.


Unfortunately, now that the early bird offer has ended, you will have to pay the full price. The cost per year is £57.50 for one garden waste bin and £30 per additional bin (up to a maximum of 3 additional bins).

The payment will be valid until 31 March 2025.

The early bird promotion was widely communicated through various channels from early December until 31 January 2024. This included town and parish councils, newsletters, bin hangers, social media, and our website, to ensure everyone had an opportunity to take advantage of the offer during the specified period.

Frequently asked questions