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Garden waste collection

The fortnightly garden waste collection service is an annual subscription service which provides a simple and cost effective way to dispose of your garden waste.

Residents who subscribe to the service will be required to pay a small annual fee and will be provided with a brown 240 litre wheeled bin which will be emptied every two weeks from March to November.  There are no collections during the winter months December to February. Residents are required to place the brown bin at the edge of their property, by 7.00am on the day of collection, with the licence displayed.

Garden Waste Collections will be suspended for the winter break

For properties which have subscribed to the garden waste collection during 2017, your collections will be suspended for the winter break.  Final collections will take place -

Properties on Week One - Wk/c 20 November 2017
Properties on Week Two - Wk/c 27 November 2017  

Garden waste collections will start again -

Properties on Week One - Wk/c 26 February 2018
Properties on Week Two - Wk/c 5 March 2018


Garden waste collection charges

The subscription charge for 2017/2018 is £29.50 per brown bin, which is payable in advance.  This is a non-refundable fixed cost for the 12 month period running from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.  If you wish to present more than one bin for emptying you will need to pay £29.50 for each additional bin. 

The scheme is now closed to new subscribers for 2017/18. If you wish to register an interest for 2018/19 please see below.

New subscribers - register an interest

If you would like to join the Council's garden waste collection service for 2018/19 please use our Register of interest form. Our Waste Management team will then contact you to advise if your address is eligible for the service.

Receiving and using your new licence

Once payment has been received, you will receive a letter confirming that you have subscribed to the service along with your licence. The licence will need to be affixed to the handle of your bin using the cable tie provided as this indicates to the collection crew that you have paid for the service.

Only your address and the expiry date will appear on the licence. Bins presented for collection with no valid licence will not be emptied.

Please note for those who subscribe to the service on or before 5 March 2017, can expect to receive their licence in the week commencing 20 March 2017.  Residents subscribing after this date can expect to receive their licence within 14 days of making payment.

If you do not receive your licence within 14 days of making payment please contact our Customer Services Team on 01756 700600.

Collection dates

You can view and print a copy of your collection calendar by entering your postcode here (please remember to include the space between the two parts of the postcode).

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Other information

Can I join part way through the year?

You can join the scheme at any time however you will be required to pay the full annual amount, so join early to benefit from the maximum number of collections.

Are all Craven properties eligible for the service?

Please note that unfortunately, it is not possible for us to include all properties in the District on the garden waste collection service. Properties that are not eligible for the service can compost their garden waste at home or alternatively can be taken to your local household waste recycle centre free of charge of composting.

Moving house

The garden waste licence is only valid for the property for which it was originally purchased and is non-transferable.  Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund if you move within or outside of the district or to a property where you no longer require the garden waste service.  However you may leave your licence for the new occupants if there is any remaining term remaining.

Share with a neighbour

If you would like to share your brown bin with a neighbour (you can share the service charge with them, informally).  We will require the full amount and the bin will need to registered and collected at one address.

Requesting a replacement bin

Please use our online form to request a replacement brown bin, to request a replacement brown bin if yours has been lost, stolen, or damaged.  Please note a charge may be made to replace lost/stolen bins.

Lost or stolen licence tag

Please tell us about this using our online form to report a lost or stolen tag/licence.

Missed collections

To report a missed collection of your refuse and/or recycling, please complete our online form: Report a missed bin collection.

What if I don't want to renew my subscription?

Residents who do not wish to renew their subscription may use this this online form to request removal of a brown bin.

Garden waste can either be taken to your nearest household waste recycling centre for composting free of charge, alternatively can be composted at home

Where does the garden waste go?

We collect approximately 3,400 tonnes of garden waste per year which is composted at Yorwaste's Composting Facility at Scorton in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

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What can go in the brown bin?

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Tree and bush prunings
  • Weeds and plants
  • Dead flowers and houseplants
  • Leaves
  • Fallen garden vegetables or fruit

We will not take...

  • Flower trays, pots, or plastic
  • Large branches
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Kitchen or catering waste
  • Wood
  • Soil or stones
  • Any other household waste

Home composting

Home composting is an alternative to garden waste collection or helps reduce the volume that has to be carried away, and it's good for your garden. 

Special offer compost bins

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership is offering residents in York and North Yorkshire the chance to purchase compost bins at a fantastic price. Subsidised compost bins are available in two sizes for all residents, with delivery to your address.

Compost bins are now priced at just £8.00 and £10.00 (plus £5.99 delivery).  You can also 'buy one, get one half price' when you buy two of the same bin.

Two sizes of compost bin are available:

  • 220-litre Compost Converter at £8.00 (excluding delivery) 
  • 330-litre Compost Converter at £10.00 (excluding delivery) 

Full details are available on this leaflet (PDF, 2 pages, 3mb)

Other products such as caddies, wormeries and kitchen composters can also be purchased.

To order a bin, call 0844 571 4444 or please visit

Compost bins from a garden centre typically cost £40 so you can save a lot by buying bins this way.

Both the 220 litre and 330 litre compost bins are called Compost Converters. The units are made from 100% recycled plastic with windproof secure push-fit lid and removable side hatch. The bins are guaranteed for 15 years.

Compost at Home booklet now available

The 'Composting at Home' booklet is a quick and easy guide to composting at home and advice on using your finished compost.  If you would like a copy, please contact Waste Management on 01756 700600 or email