Garden waste collection changes

10th May 2016

web0592-man-raking-grass-cuttings-in-garden-shot-3-print-version-300ppi.jpgFrom 11 July 2016, the garden waste collection service will be chargeable, meaning that only brown bins that are paid for will be emptied.

Letters are being sent out to all households in Three Rivers over the coming weeks to advise of the changes to garden waste, which have become necessary because substantial cuts in funding by central government have placed significant financial pressures on the Council. The annual charge is £35 (a number of concessions are available), although this year there will be a reduced charge of £25 to cover the period up to 31 March 2017.

If you do not wish to pay for a brown bin we will make arrangements later in the year to remove it, please look out for further information on the Council website. Other ways to dispose of garden waste are to compost at home or take your garden waste to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres. Please note garden waste should not be placed in your refuse bin.

green-waste-charge.jpgPhil Brading, Lead Member for Public Services said “The free service was well used and popular with residents, but local authorities are not obliged to collect garden waste; some councils now make a charge for collecting it, whilst others do not offer a garden waste collection at all.”

To sign up and pay for your brown bin, read frequently asked questions and terms and conditions please visit or