Garden waste

The garden waste service is a £25 fee bin collection service that runs from October to October.

Current garden waste permits expire on 6 October 2019 and if you want to renew your permit or sign up for one you’ll need to do this by 2pm on 7 August 2019.

The next service year will run from 7 October 2019 to 4 October 2020.

There will only be one more opportunity to sign up to the new service year in January 2020.

We’ll empty brown bins once every two weeks, except over the festive period when there will be no collections between 16 December 2019 and 14 January 2020.

What you need to do

Step 1 – register with mygovscot myaccount

If you already have an account, it is important to check your details are up to date.

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Step 2 - Sign up and pay for garden waste collections

Renew your garden waste subscription

Sign up to garden waste for the first time

Garden waste collections cost £25 per brown bin, with no limit to how many bins you can have.

If you share a bin with your neighbours, one resident needs to be the lead in paying for the service and reporting any issues.

Read the garden waste terms and conditions
Download garden waste policy (PDF, 147 KB)
Download further information about garden waste (PDF, 164 KB)

If you

  • receive Council Tax Reduction, the service is free, but you must register.
  • have someone who lives with you who is registered for Council Tax as severely mentally impaired the service is free, but you must register.
  • are a Garden Aid customer you must register. If you do not pay for Garden Aid, you do not need to pay for the garden waste service, but must still register.
  • have your garden waste collected by Tiphereth, you need to register and pay.

Step 3 - stick your permit sticker onto your brown bin

We will send you a permit in late September that is valid from 7 October 2019 to 4 October 2020.

We only empty brown bins that display a valid permit sticker and have the correct items in them. Find out what you can put in your garden waste bin

If your garden waste bin is damaged or missing

If your garden waste bin is damaged or missing, you need to order a new bin.

Moving house

If you move to a new house you can transfer your permit to your new address. Please give us up to 6 weeks' notice and take your brown bin and permit sticker with you.

If you don't sign up for garden waste

You can still recycle your garden waste by using a compost bin and our recycling centres .

You can book a special uplift for your garden waste for £35 for up to 28 bags of waste.

Find out what happens to all the recycling and waste collected in Edinburgh .