Garden waste collection service

This service ends for the season on Friday 30 November and starts again on Monday 25 February.

 Pay for brown bin collections

What you can put in your brown bin

Find your collection date

Is this service included in my council tax?

  • No. The garden waste collection service was introduced in 2005, funded by the Scottish Strategic Waste Fund to reduce waste to landfill. It is not a statutory service we have to provide
  • Not every household can sign up for this service. The households that can sign up are in areas that have the greatest potential for improving our recycling performance
  • The more rural areas of Highland do not receive the garden waste collection service as it is currently not economically viable to operate the service in the more sparsely populated areas of Highland

What if I don’t want to pay for the service?

  • The service is optional
  • You can take garden waste along to your local Recycling Centre if it accepts green waste
  • Please recycle as much as possible and help us to reduce waste going to landfill. You might want to consider getting a composting bin for garden waste
  • Composting at home is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It's easy to make and use. For more information on home composting please visit Recycle For Scotland
  • By composting at home you can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. When waste is sent to landfill, air cannot get to the organic waste. Therefore as the waste breaks down it creates a harmful greenhouse gas, methane, which damages the earth's atmosphere

What if I no longer want my brown bin?

Can I get more than one brown bin?

  • Yes, up to 3 brown bins can be uplifted per household. The cost is £35 for each bin

I share a communal bin – what should I do?

  • Residents should work together and make arrangements to make a single payment to us to allow them to receive the service

How will my bin be identified by the collection crew?

  • You will get a sticker for your brown bin
  • The charge will be for a fixed period each year. There will be no pro rata payment based on your start date

What happens to the garden waste?

  • We turn it into compost and it is mainly used as a soil conditioner. Some is also used for landfill restoration. No garden waste collected by us is sent to landfill. It is not currently financially viable to offer this compost for sale to the public

Terms and conditions

Our household waste and recycling policy

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