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Your wheeled bins

Green wheeled bin

Subscribe to the garden waste collection service - £40 subscription fee per bin

Residents in the Harborough District can subscribe to the garden waste collection service to have their garden waste collected for an annual £40 subscription fee per bin.

Subscribe to the garden waste collection service for the period from April 2017 to April 2018

If you do not currently have a green garden waste bin at your property or would like additional bins, please complete ordering a new bin form.

Harborough District Council is using Charnwood Borough Council to take payments for the garden waste collection service on our behalf. You will be directed to the Charnwood Borough Council website to make your payment for your subscription. There is a fee of 2.2% for using a credit card.

This subscription will cover the financial year (1 April to 31 March) with:

  • Fortnightly collections from April to November 2017
  • No collections during December 2017, January and February 2018
  • Fortnightly collections during March 2018

When you opt-in you will receive a bin sticker which you will need to stick on the body of your bin: at the rear, below the handle. If you complete your subscription before 3 March 2017 you will receive your service sticker to put on your bin by 31 March 2017 and your garden waste collection service is guaranteed to begin on the first scheduled collection date in April 2017. If you complete your subscription after 3 March 2017 you will receive your service sticker as soon as possible but we cannot guarantee that your service will begin on the first scheduled collection date in April 2017.

Subscriptions are not automatically renewed so if you subscribed for the service last year you will need to resubscribe for the service from April 2017 to April 2018.

We will only empty green garden waste bins from households that have opted-in to the garden waste collection service. Your bin will be collected fortnightly by the same trusted teams as before and where possible you will have the same collection day as you do with the current green bin service.

Read the garden waste service terms and conditions.

Collections of garden waste for subscriptions from April 2016 to April 2017 

There will be no collections of green garden waste bins from 5 December 2016 to 26 February 2017 except for one extra collection in January 2017. 

Residents in the Harborough district who have already subscribed to the council’s garden waste collection service will receive an extra green bin collection in January. Residents who have already signed up to the council’s garden waste collection service can fill their green bin with garden waste – including their real Christmas tree if they have one – and it will be collected. Real Christmas trees must be placed fully in the green bin with the lid closed. Green bins will be collected between 10 January and 20 January 2017 on the normal recycling collection day (when the blue-lidded recycling bin is collected). Some residents may have a different collection schedule, and will have been advised of this when the service commenced.

The garden waste collection service will restart for subscribers on either the week commencing 27 February 2017 or 6 March 2017 depending on your collection week. Collections will continue fortnightly during March 2017. View collection calendar dates for garden waste collections.

We are no longer accepting new subscriptions for the garden waste collection service for the financial year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Moving house

If you subscribe to the service and move to a new property in the Harborough District your subscription will continue at your new address – you will be sent a new sticker for the bin at your new property (there will be no extra charge for this). Collections will also continue to be made at the house you moved out of until that year’s subscription comes to an end. Both subscriptions will end at the end of March and each property will need to resubscribe for the service separately.

If you subscribe to the service and move home to a new property outside of the Harborough District you will not be able to receive any refund on the subscription fee you have paid. Collections will continue to be made at the house you moved out of until that year’s subscription comes to an end.

Issues with your garden waste collection service

 If you ever have any issues with the service you can contact us by email waste@harborough.gov.uk or telephone 01858 828282.

Your green bin

We do not remove the green bins from properties that choose not to subscribe to the new service. Harborough District residents can subscribe to the service at any time in the future so we recommend keeping your green bin – if you move house the new owner may want to subscribe to the service. In future we may have to charge for new green bins to be delivered to properties.

If you have not subscribed to the garden waste collection service you can make use of your green bin in any way it is useful: perhaps as garden storage or as a compost bin.

A charge will usually be made to replace lost, missing or damaged bins. If a bin has been damaged during collection a charge will not be made for a replacement bin.

Items you can put in your green bin

Your green wheeled bin is for the following items:

  • Loose green waste
  • Grass cuttings
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Clippings

Please do not place the following into the green bin:

  • Food waste
  • Soil
  • Turf
  • Animal bedding or animal waste
  • Cardboard

All other materials should be disposed of via:

Bin collection day

Find out what day your bin is collected.

Bin not collected

If you believe that your bin has been missed and not been collected you can report a missed bin collection.

Replacement for missing or damaged bin

A charge will usually be made to replace lost, missing or damaged bins. If a bin has been damaged during collection a charge will not be made for a replacement bin.

Make a request for a replacement bin.

Help with collections

We can help with bin collections for residents who are elderly, infirm or disabled and have no one else at the property to help. Request help with bin collections.

Different size of bin

It may be possible to request a second green bin (240 litre size) or to exchange your current bin (240 litre size) for a smaller bin (140 litre size).

Make a request for a second bin or a smaller bin.

Alternatives to using the new garden waste collection service

There are a number of alternatives to the garden waste collection service that you could choose: