Don’t let the grass grow under your feet – order your 2019/20 brown bin garden waste permit now


Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to order for the 2019/20 Permit Season. The new 2019/20 garden waste collection year will commence on the 1st July and will run until the 30th of June 2020. Customers are encouraged to order permits by the 2nd of June to ensure delivery in time for the first collections of the new service year.

Permits purchased for the 2018/19 collection year are due to expire shortly, on the 30th of June. To continue to receive garden waste collections during the new service year, existing and new customers are required to apply for 2019/20 permit stickers at their earliest convenience.

Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee said: “The cost of a garden waste permit for the 2019/20 collection service will be £40.00 per bin for the year. The charge for the collection of garden waste will help bridge the Council’s £60 million budget gap that it faces over the next three years.  The income will help fund the cost of the service, protect jobs and reduce the need for cuts whilst continuing to provide a service that Highland households value.”

He continued: “Last year 32,000 garden waste permits were purchased in Highland and I would like to take this opportunity to thank householders for their continued commitment to recycling and reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill from the region.” 

Demand for permits will be high in the weeks immediately prior to the 2019/20 service commencing; therefore, householders are encouraged to sign-up by the 2nd of June to ensure they receive permits in time for the first collections.   Customers can continue to order garden waste permits after the 2nd of June, however, the Council cannot guarantee that permits ordered following this date will arrive in time for the first collections of the 2019/20 permit year.

Garden waste permits can be purchased on-line at Up to 3 permits per household are permitted. Permits can also be ordered by calling the Highland Council’s Service Centre on 01349 886603 or in person at Highland Council Service Points.

The service is optional and householders are also able to take their garden waste along to their local Recycling Centre free of charge. To find your local Recycling Centre that can accept green waste, please visit  Householders who no longer wish to receive garden waste collections can also return unwanted brown bins at our Recycling Centres.

For more information please visit, e-mail or call 01349 886603.


15 Apr 2019
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