Garden Waste Service
We are now applying a £5 Early Bird Discount to all orders received in December reducing the cost to £30 for the year – so why not sign up today! During the winter months you can dispose of garden waste using alternative methods
Important notice: You will need an online council account to order/renew the garden waste service. Please ensure your online account displays the correct property address as this is where the garden waste service will be delivered. Please register for an online account if you don’t already have one.
Please review the checklist below prior to ordering online:
- Ensure your correct property address is showing on your online account
- Ensure you have access to a credit / debit card (we do not accept cheques)
- Select at least “one” garden waste service on the online form – even if you are renewing (we will only deliver additional bins where required)
- Ensure you have sufficient space to store the wheelie bin(s)
- Fortnightly collections are made on the same day as your household waste collection in the alternate week to your recycling
- If you are already using wheelie bins for your household rubbish and recycling and you subscribe to the garden waste service we will provide you with a wheelie bin (even if you previously received a sack service)
- If you are using the old sack and box collection method for your household rubbish and recycling and you subscribe to the garden waste service we will provide you with a set of brown 2016 garden waste sacks as these properties are unsuitable for wheelie bins
- You can order more than one garden waste service at an additional cost
- New for 2016 – you can now also dispose of uncooked vegetables, spoilt fruit and tea bags in the garden waste bin
From this page you can:
- Find out alternative ways to dispose of your garden waste
- Find out what to expect once you have signed up to the garden waste service 2016
- Find out what you can and can't put into your garden waste bin or sacks
- Find more information about the garden waste service
Alternative options to dispose of your garden waste
Household Recycling Centre
There are five Household Recycling Centres across the City where residents can dispose of their household and garden waste.
Book a bulky waste collection
Birmingham residents can also purchase a bulky waste collection service for up to six large items or up to 18 black bags of rubbish/garden waste.
An alternative way to dispose of garden waste is to compost at home. Composting is an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of organic waste from your kitchen and garden.
What to expect once you have signed up to the garden waste service
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Kinds of garden waste we will and won't collect:
If you aren’t getting temporary password emails, it is likely that you don’t have an online account registered to the email address you’re trying. In this case, please register an online account before attempting to order your garden waste collection service. For a fuller explanation of how to get around problems accessing your online account, please visit our account help page.
If your wheelie bins or sacks are damaged or missing, please visit our replacement bins page.
You can purchase more than one garden waste service if you wish at a cost of £30 per year if ordered by 31st December 2015 (£35 after this date), but you must have enough space on your property to store the additional bin(s). You can have up to a maximum of 10 garden waste bins per property.
If you have subscribed to the garden waste service previously then we will not provide you with an additional garden waste wheelie bin unless the subscription changes.
The council will provide, upon request, an Assisted Collection to households where there is a registered Blue Badge holder or they are unable to participate without assistance due to infirmity or disability.
We will only be collecting garden waste that is presented in our new 2016 brown garden waste sacks. We will no longer be collecting 2015 green garden waste sacks.
Residents who choose not to renew the service must not leave their bins out for collection. We will not be emptying your garden waste in 2016 should you decide not to renew the garden waste service. A pink tag will be placed onto your wheelie bin should it be presented, advising you how to renew the service. If you choose not to renew, arrangements for the retrieval of your garden waste wheelie bin will be made in due course. For updates for when retrievals are made, please sign up to our Keep in Touch page for any changes and updates to council services.
We advise you to ensure that your wheelie bins are stored safely and securely wherever possible and to return the bins back to your property after each collection is made. We also strongly advise you to permanently mark your new bins with your house number/postcode or other identification.
If we have assessed your property as unsuitable for wheelie bins, we will supply you with garden waste sacks instead.
You can report dumped garden waste here. We will investigate reported dumped garden waste and take appropriate action.
You can share a garden waste bin with a neighbour, but you must make and be responsible for your own arrangement.
The service must be purchased by one resident only. The garden waste bin/sacks will be collected from the property belonging to the resident that has made the request and they will be responsible for complying with all the terms and conditions.
Birmingham City Council do not take any responsibility for resolving local disputes.
Household Recycling Centres accept garden waste.
Find out more about composting your garden waste, or buy reduced compost bins at the Get Composting website.
You are responsible for removing Japanese Knotweed if it is on your private land. You can get more advice on Japanese Knotweed from the Environment Agency website.
The council will not remove Japanese Knotweed unless it is on council owned land.
Your garden waste bin is grey with a brown lid, has an identification chip fitted and has the capacity to hold 240 litres of garden waste. The wheelie bin is about 107 cm high and takes up a ground space of 58 cm x 74 cm.
The identification chip known as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); contains a Unique Reference Number, which allows us to identify the bin as belonging to a particular property.
We will continue to support community groups and residents who voluntarily support us by collecting garden waste, particularly fallen leaves from public pathways during Autumn.
Please email the Waste Prevention Team at: email@example.com for further information