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From 1st May Garden waste collections is now a paid subscription service. Garden waste bins that are not signed-up will not be emptied.

Garden waste collections take place every two weeks April – September, with one collection a month in October and November, you can check your collection day here.

The brown bin with a brown lid is used to collect garden waste.

To continue receiving collections you will need to opt-in to a paid subscription service online.

  • Garden waste collections cost £35 for your first bin, any additional bins cost £25 per year
  • If you receive Council Tax Support, the cost is reduced to £17.50
  • Please display your permit clearly on your bin, bins without the permit will not be collected
  • Permits may take 7-10 days to be delivered
  • Collections take place April - November

Sign up for Garden Waste Collections

If you no longer wish to receive garden waste collections

Garden waste can be taken to the Household Waste & Recycling Centre (NG7 2UJ) on Redfield Rd for free.

Further Information

Yes, please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Twigs and small branches - Max 10 cm in Diameter
  • Leaves and weeds
  • Dead flowers
  • Small amounts of potting compost (not bags)

No, thanks

  • Bagged garden waste
  • Any waste that is accepted in your green bin or brown bin with the grey lid
  • Plant Pots
  • Plastic bags
  • Large amounts of soil or grass sods
  • Animal waste
  • Treated wood
  • Bricks and rubble
  • Organic food waste (including windfall fruit)

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


No, council tax covers the cost of collection and disposal of statutory residual and recycling waste.

The Environment Protection Act 1990 states that “no charge shall be made for the collection of household waste except in cases prescribed in regulations”. The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, as amended, provides for these exceptions. It includes (among other things) the exception to be able to charge for garden waste.

Residents can sign up online and pay a one-off payment below.

Click here to Sign up online and pay a one-off payment here.

The cost of the garden waste subscription is £35 for the 2024 garden waste season (April – November). For additional garden waste bins its £25 per subscription. If your property does not have an existing garden waste bin it will be a one off payment of £25 per bin required.

If residents are in receipt of council tax support, the subscription fee is reduced to £17.50 per bin. You will be required to include your council tax customer number when subscribing to the service.

Garden waste can be taken for free to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Redfield Rd (NG7 2UJ). Garden waste must not be put into other household waste or recycling bins. Contaminated bins may be subject to enforcement action which may lead to fines.

Click to Visit Household Waste and Recycling Centre

You can find this out by visiting the bin collection calendar where you can also sign up for bin reminders. Bins must be presented at the boundary of the property by 7:00am on the day of collection.

Bin collection calendar

Your garden waste bin will be collected on a fortnightly basis between April – September and then once in October and once in November. 

Yes, you can apply for additional garden waste bins if needed. 

Apply for additional garden waste bins

Residents who move within the city boundary cannot transfer their subscription. There are no refunds for the cancellation of the service. 

Residents who need support with putting their bin out for collection can apply online for an Assisted Pull Out (APO) service. Our frontline crews can help collect your wheelie bin from an agreed storage point, empty the wheelie bin and return the bin back.

Garden waste collected from properties across the city as well as the garden waste collected at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre is taken to a recycling plant which processes the waste into compost.

Yes of course. Why not get together with your neighbours or the other people that share your house and divide the cost between you all? The bin will need to be registered to one occupier as a bill cannot be split and sent individually to those that will be using the bin.

  • The subscription charge covers the collection period from 1st April – 30th November. Collections are fortnightly up until September whereby they move to one in October and another in November to finish the season.
  • The full year charge applies for subscriptions taken out from the 1st of May – 31st of July.
  • A half price subscription will be charged for subscriptions taken out after the 1st of August until the end of the garden waste collection season.
  • Refunds will not be issued.
  • The subscription charge only covers the collections. If residents require a garden waste bin, there will be an additional one-off charge.
  • If applicable, bins will be delivered within 10 working days from receipt of the payment. These bins could be new or refurbished and will remain the property of Nottingham City Council.
  • Subscription packs will be posted, and the sticker permit should be fixed to a clean area on the back of your bin below the handle.
  • Subscription packs will be delivered within 7-10 working days of sign up.
  • Bins will not be collected without the sticker permit being applied correctly.
  • Bins should be put at the kerbside for emptying so the sticker permit can be seen from the road.
  • The subscription is for garden waste only, please see below for criteria. Any items that do not comply to the below rules will mean the bin is not collected and the items will need to be removed before the next collection.
  • The council will not return to collect rejected bins due to contamination, lid open, not presented by 7am, or too heavy to safely handle.
  • Only garden waste that fits inside of the bin with the lid shut will be collected. Side waste will not be collected.
  • Subscriptions are non-transferable at any point during the year.

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