Garden waste

What we collect and how to get a brown bin.

Garden waste applications will re-open January 2020

You will need to display a licence to have your garden waste collected.


Garden waste licenses are only valid for the season that they are purchased in. A new license will be required to participate in the 2020 scheme.

Read the full terms and conditions here.

Prices (2019)

New licence for 1 bin or for use with sacks

The licence does not include a brown bin or sacks which must be purchased separately


New 240L Brown Bin


Pack of Garden Waste Sacks

7 X rolls of 10 sacks = 70 sacks

Sacks can only be purchased where there is valid licence for the property.


Replacement Brown Bin


Replacement Licence


Transfer of Licence to new property

Only available when existing licence is returned



Why do you charge for this?

Garden waste collections are not a service that we have to provide. The only way to safeguard the long-term viability of this service is to implement an annual charge. Many local authorities charge for garden waste. 

Are there any exemptions or concessions? 

There are no exemptions or concessions.

Can I have more than one bin?

Yes, you just need to purchase a licence for each bin.

How long will it take to get my licence?

You will receive your licence within 7 days of making your payment. 

Can I join the scheme midway through the year?

Yes, it costs the same at any point during the year so to make the best use of your subscription it is best to sign up early.     

What happens after the garden waste is collected?

We pay two local processors to compost the material. 

What happens if I move house?

Bring your licence into Customer First and transfer it your new address or you may also leave the licence at the property for the new occupants.

Can I share my brown bin with my neighbour?

Yes, though it will need to be bought for and registered at one address.

Can I continue to use the sacks I have already bought?

So long as they are SBC Garden waste sacks you may use them, providing you have purchased a licence.

What if my licence is lost, stolen or damaged?

Contact us as soon as possible for a replacement.

What are my other options if I don’t want to subscribe?

 You can purchase a home composter or leave your grass clippings on the lawn. You can take garden waste free of charge to any of North Yorkshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

What can I put in my brown bin or sack?

Yes No
Grass cuttings Rubble
Leaves Soil
Shrubs Fruit and veg peelings
Weeds and bedding plants Food waste
Hedge trimmings and prunings less than 1" (25mm) diameter Wood