Garden waste

Christmas Bin Collection Changes

Garden waste collections will be suspended during the week commencing Monday 25th December 2023 and the week commencing Monday 1st January 2024. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 9th January 2024.


Subscriptions to our annual 2023/24 garden waste collection service are open. You can subscribe online for the collection service that runs from 1st June 2023 to 31st May 2024. Please note that if you sign up part way through the year, the cost is the same and your subscription will run until 31st May 2024.


Your garden waste collection service

For only £30 you can have one garden bin emptied over a period of 12 months from 1 June until 31 May. We will provide you with 25 fortnightly collections which cost just £1.20 each. You can have additional bins emptied at a reduced subscription cost of £25 each per year.

If you sign up part way through the year, the cost is the same. The charge is the same for all residents, and there are no concessions available for this service. If you don't already have a brown bin, you can purchase one from the council at a cost of £25 each through your Self-Serve account here.

The council will empty your garden waste bins every two weeks (except for a 2-week period over Christmas and New Year 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 information on how your garden waste is recycled and the journey it takes to be turned into compost, please click here.


What to recycle in your brown bin

Please only recycle the following items in 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:

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


Paying for your subscription

To pay for your subscription through your Self-Serve Account, please click here.

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 here.

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.

If you cancel a direct debit because you no longer wish to receive the service in the subsequent year, please contact your bank to cancel the payment for the following year. No refunds will be given for part years or unexpired annual subscription periods.

One-off payment

You can subscribe through 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.


Home Composting 

Compost bin

Composting is an alternative to garden waste collections and is a great way to dispose 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.

You can purchase home compost bins at website (external link) which has a Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price offer. Bins are delivered straight to your door with full instructions on how to get started.

You can find a step-by-step composting guide along with further tips, information and FAQs at here (external link).


Household Waste Recycling Centres

You can dispose of your garden waste at one of Lancashire County Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres. For further information on recycling centre locations and the types of waste they accept please click here (external link).


Frequently Asked Questions

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


Terms and Conditions

To view the Terms and Conditions for the Garden Waste Collection Service, please see our Garden Waste T&Cs page here.


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