Garden waste

Garden waste is collected fortnightly, on the same day as your recycling collections. If you live in one of our rural zones, your green bin is emptied on the same day as your refuse collection.

The subscription charge is £33 per bin per year, payable in advance. This is a non-refundable fixed cost for the periods 1 July to 30 November and then 1 March to 30 June.

Once you have paid, we will send you your sticker in the post, along with a confirmation letter with our terms and conditions. Please allow two weeks for the delivery of your bin sticker. 

If you subscribe to the service, we will provide you with a green bin for your garden waste.

On collection day, put your green bin at the front edge of your property, nearest the kerbside, no later than 7.30 a.m. 

Only put garden waste in your bin. We won't empty green bins that have anything else in them.


We don't collect garden waste in December, January and February as there is little demand for the service over the winter. We start collections again in March.

Christmas trees

Real trees without decorations can be recycled at either Barnoldswick Household Waste Recycling Centre or Burnley Household Waste Recycling Centre. If you don't want to recycle your tree, then put it out with your grey bin on your normal collection day.

What can go in my green bin?

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Tree loppings
  • Twigs, bark, leaves
  • Straw and shavings
  • Flowers and plants
  • Small branches
  • Fallen fruit
  • Straw/hay
  • Rabbit bedding

What can't go in my green bin?

  • Household rubbish
  • Food/kitchen waste
  • Cardboard/paper
  • Plastic
  • Logs, thick branches
  • Ragwort
  • Soil, rubble
  • Flowerpots
  • Black bags

Logs, thick branches, soil, rubble and flowerpots should be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre, or you can request a separate Bulky Waste Collection for large items. You might need to pay for the removal of certain items. 


Small amounts of ragwort can be composted in a home compost bin, or disposed of double-wrapped in the grey refuse bin. For more information see the leaflet at DEFRA's website.

Garden Waste Subscription Service

Terms and Conditions