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Garden waste

Garden waste wheelie bin collections

Collection of unwanted brown bins

The collection of unwanted brown bins from residents that have chosen not to subscribe to the garden waste service, and do not intend to subscribe to the scheme will begin from Monday, 9 November.

The collections will continue on a weekly basis, round by round, until Friday, 4 December.

Each property that has not subscribed to the garden waste collection services will receive a letter with details about the week when their unwanted bin will be collected. It will also include a sticker to be place on the back of the bin to help collection teams identify the bins that need to be removed

Further information is available in the latest press release

Garden waste subscriptions

Garden waste collections from domestic properties in Northampton is a chargeable service which runs annually from April to end of March. If you would like Veolia to collect your garden waste you will need to subscribe to the service.

Each subscription costs £42

If you sign up to the service you will receive one sticker to place on your brown wheelie bin. If you would like additional bins you will need to pay for another subscription.You do not need to order a bin to get a sticker, these are delivered separately. 

Once you have subscribed the service will start from your next scheduled collection. We will not collect your waste if you have subscribed on your collection day.

Read the full terms and conditions before subscribing to the service.


If you decide not to subscribe to the service you don't need to tell us. The garden waste service is opt-in which means you only need to act if you wish to sign up.

For further information on this service read our frequently asked questions.

As an alternative to subscribing for collections you may wish to compost your garden waste instead.

Collection schedule

We will collect your brown wheelie bin every two weeks the same day as your recycling bin (the alternate weeks to your black wheelie bin) . 

Find your collection information using the online collection day checker.


  • all bins must be at the kerbside by 6:30am on your collection day
  • although you may be used to seeing the crews at the same time each week, there is no set time for collections to take place; only the day of the week is set.
  • you have 48 hours to report a missed collection. Do not report a missed bin until after 7:30pm on your collection day.
  • you must close the bin lid to ensure that no waste escapes prior to collection. We will not empty open bins and we will decline any request for a missed collection. No side waste (additional bags or boxes) is allowed
  • if you currently receive an assisted collection for your bins, this will continue if you subscribe to the service.

What to put in your brown garden waste bin

Yes please

Flowers, plants, weeds, leaves, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs, or green organic material 

No thank you 

 Plastic bags, plastic pots, cardboard or paper, food waste, rubble/ bricks, animal waste/ bedding, large tree branches, tree trunks, or any other wood items