Garden waste

Annual collection service subscription - sign up and pay

You can subscribe online to our annual 2022/23 garden waste collection service. The service runs from 1st June 2022 to 31st May 2023.

Please note that if you sign up part way through the year, your collections will still end on 31st May 2023.


Direct Debit

You can pay by direct debit which is an easy and convenient way to ensure your subscription automatically renews each year. Please subscribe to the collection service through your Self-Serve Account.

If you have previously signed up to our garden waste collection service by direct debit, no action is needed, and your subscription will automatically renew each year unless you choose to cancel. If you have insufficient funds in your account, your subscription will automatically cancel.


Click here to pay for your subscription through your Self-Serve Account

It costs £30 per year for one garden bin to be emptied. You can have additional bins emptied at a cost of £25 each. The £30 charge covers the 12 months from 1 June until 31 May. If you sign up part way through the year, the cost is the same. No concessions are available for this service, the charge is the same for all residents. If you don't already have a brown bin, you can buy one from the Council at a cost of £25 each.

You can pay by direct debit, or as a one-off payment safely and securely by debit or credit card. Residents that are having difficulty paying by debit or credit card may wish to ask a family member or friend to assist them. Once you have paid, we will send you a welcome email with information about the service.

The Council will empty your garden waste bins every two weeks (except for a 2-week period over Christmas and New Year period when collections are suspended). You can check your collection day at "Your West Lancashire" which is available on the right-hand side of this page.

For more information, including how to purchase a brown bin, please see our Garden Waste Collections FAQ page.


What goes in your brown bin?

Please only put the following items into your brown bin:

  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Grass cuttings
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Cut flowers

Please do not put any of these items into your brown bin:

  • Flood waste
  • Plastic
  • Turf
  • Stones and rubble
  • Soil (including from around roots)


Home Composting 

Compost bin

Composting is a great way of disposing of garden waste and some food items that you would normally dispose of in your grey bin, such as raw fruit and vegetable scraps, even paper and cardboard. It also saves money on fertiliser.

You can purchase discounted home compost bins at website (external link). Bins are delivered straight to your door with full instructions on how to get started.

You can find some useful composting information at Recycle Now (external link), including the benefits of composting and how to use it in your garden.


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