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Garden Waste

From June 2018 garden waste collections from homes in Daventry District will be a chargeable service.

You will need to opt in and pay the annual fee if you want the council to collect your garden waste.

The service costs £35 per bin for a subscription from June 2018 to the end of May 2019 – that’s just £1.40 per collection.

You can register and pay for the new garden waste scheme from April 3.

Click here to sign-up for an email alert to remind you to register for the scheme. 

We will send you the reminder on April 3, together with other updates and reminders about the new 123+ service in the run-up to its launch in June.

If you opt-in to the service, your garden waste bin will take the following:

  Grass cuttings and weeds

✓  Cut flowers and plants

  Leaves and bark

  Prunings and hedge trimmings

  Twigs and small branches


The garden waste bin will not take:

  Cardboard or paper 

  Soil, mud or rubble

✗  Large logs or wooden planks

✗  Plant pots

✗  Food waste (place this in the food bin)

✗  Dog and cat waste

Your questions answered

Why are you charging for garden waste collections?

The charge is being introduced as the Council can no longer afford to collect garden waste free of charge. Councils are not required by law to collect garden waste free-of-charge and not everyone uses the service. Making it self-funding will enable the service to continue for only those who want it. As a non-essential, opt-in service, it is not paid for by your Council Tax. Around half of all local authorities in England now charge for garden waste collections.

I pay more Council Tax for a house with a large garden. Why should I pay separately to have my garden waste collected?
Council Tax is a tax, varied by house value to reflect, in broad terms, the ability of people to pay. Whilst overall it helps fund for local services, paying more does not create an entitlement to receive more services.There is, for example, no difference in the amount of books which can be borrowed in a library depending on the amount of Council Tax paid. 

How much does the garden waste service cost and how often is it?
There is an annual subscription cost of £35 per bin, which runs from June 2018 until the end of May 2019. Collections take place fortnightly with a small break over Christmas, equating to £1.40 per collection over the year.

How do I sign up to the garden waste service and when by?
You can register and pay for the new garden waste scheme from April 3. Click here to sign-up for an email alert to remind you to register for the scheme

You should sign up for the service before it begins on 4 June. The annual charge of £35 per bin does not change if you join after this date. If you have registered for the new garden waste service but have not received your wheeled bin sticker within two weeks of registering, please contact us on 0345 2185215.

What do I do if I don’t want the garden waste service?
This is an opt-in service so you only pay if you wish to use it. If you do not wish to sign up, you can take your garden waste to your local household waste recycling centre.

You may also wish to consider home composting. The Council is offering a limited number of subsidised home compost bins at only £9.99 delivered. For more details input your postcode at www.getcomposting.com 

You can garden waste in your black bin, but we would not advise this as it will not be recycled and could quickly fill up your black bin, which will be collected every three weeks.

I don’t need the service – will you collect in my old brown bin?
Yes. Once you have decided you are definitely not going to subscribe to the garden waste service please contact us by emailing Escsupervisors@daventrydc.gov.uk and we will arrange to collect your old bin.  

How will you know I have joined the garden waste service?
All homes that sign up will receive a tamper-proof registration sticker to put on their brown bin. Bins that do not display the sticker will not be emptied.

Can I cancel half way through the year? What if I move house?
No. The payment is made for the year ahead with no cancellations.  You can transfer the service to a new address if you are moving within the Daventry District.  


Can I share a garden waste bin with a neighbour?
Yes, if you wish to share, then one of you will need to pay the charge and you can arrange between yourselves how you split the use of the bin.

Can I have more than one garden waste bin?
Yes, you can pay for as many bins as you need. The charge of £35 is for each bin.

Is there a charge for a replacement bin?
If your bin has been lost or damaged by the refuse collection crews, we will replace it free of charge.

Will you take side garden waste?
No, all garden waste needs to be contained within the wheelie bin provided. You can have more than one bin as long as you pay the £35 subscription fee for each bin.  


Can I pay for the garden waste service in instalments? Are there any concessions?
No. There are no concessions and the annual charge must be paid in full in advance of the start of your collections. The subscription fee will cover the service from June 2018 until the end of May 2019.

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Home composting offer

Composting bins at bargain prices are available for residents who would rather recycle their garden waste at home as an alternative to the new service.

Daventry District Council has teamed up with the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and getcomposting.com to offer a limited number of 220-litre home composting bins for only £9.99 each, including delivery (usually £17.98 plus £5.99 delivery).

To receive this offer, type in your postcode at www.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571444.