Garden Waste Collection Service

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the background to charging for garden waste?

A. The garden waste service that Harborough District Council provides is a non-statutory service. Unlike household waste and recycling, this service is discretionary which means, Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste. Not everyone uses the service, residents may choose to subscribe to the service but can also use other methods to dispose of garden waste such as home-composting or taking it to the Household Waste and Recycling Sites (tips) which are run by Leicestershire County Council.

Q. Why has the price gone up to £55?

A. There has been no increase in the cost of the service since it started in 2016, and therefore the current service is being subsidised by Harborough District Council and the tax payer. Due to inflation in associated costs to run the service, the council can no longer subsidise this cost and must raise the price for 2021. However; this equates to just an extra 71 pence per collection, bringing the total to £2.62 per collection. For this price a HGV and crew will collect at residents properties and dispose of the waste.

Q. Why will I not be sent a sticker?

A. All of our crews have an in-cab system which displays details of collections at properties and also allows them to report any issues when they are there. This system will display which properties have paid for the service and how many bins have been paid for. This will have a positive environmental impact as it will remove the need for thousands of stickers and letters being produced.

Q. What if I live on a shared driveway and present my bins communally?

A. Please ensure you have your property number on the bin(s), this will ensure that your bin is emptied correctly. Numbers for bins can be purchased from shops or online cheaply.

Q. Where can I find the terms and conditions?

A. Information on the service, including the terms and conditions, is available on the Harborough District Council website.

Q. Will I receive a letter from the council to confirm payment?

A. All subscriptions will be confirmed by an e-mail only.  Did you know it is easy and quicker to subscribe online at our website. This will reduce cost on administering the service and reduce the environmental impact.

Q. I used to pay by Direct Debit, what alternative is now being made?

A. Unfortunately, the take-up for Direct Debits was low – the majority of people preferred to pay by debit card online.  To help customers with annual subscriptions we are introducing a re-occurring card payment option.  This will allow you to sign up and continue to pay each year using your bank card – making the whole process quick and easy for you to use.

Q. What will happen to my previous Direct Debit?

A. All Direct Debits have been cancelled and no payment will be taken from your account for this year's service.

Q. Due to the increase in price, will there be a rise in fly-tipping?

A. When the £40 charge was originally introduced to subscribe to this service Harborough District Council did not see a significant increase in fly-tipping. Furthermore, as an authority we have recorded a reduction in fly-tipping over the last couple of years. Our environmental crime officers are out in the district completing daily patrols, looking for offences and evidence, putting up signage and operating covert cameras to deter any incidences of fly-tipping from occurring and to catch any offenders.

Q. Will there still be an extra collection for garden waste collection subscribers in January so I can recycle my real Christmas tree?

A. Yes, this will take place each January; the dates will be publicised on the Council website and social media nearer the time. Check out our website where you can find information about your bin collection days and much more…