Brown bin collections in Derby are set to change!

Starting in April 2019, new plans will see a return of free garden waste collections all year round – an extension of the current 32-week period.

This is part of our aim to recycle more and keep any recyclable materials out of black bins. Residents will also be able to recycle food waste in their brown bin along with garden recycling.

Materials from garden and food waste are a hugely valuable resource and can be turned into fresh compost in just a couple of months.

Update: This change to the Garden Recycling Scheme was approved by Cabinet on Wednesday 14th November.

When will collections start and how can I register?

Collections will begin in April 2019 – more information about collection dates will be announced closer to the time.

We will be asking residents to register for the free scheme. This will happen in three stages:

  • If you have taken part in this year’s chargeable scheme – you will automatically be registered for free collections starting in April 2019. All you will need to do is put your bin out on the right day!
  • If you have not taken part in the chargeable scheme, but you do have a brown bin at your address – register by Friday 1st March for free collections to start in April 2019.
  • If you do not have a brown bin at your address – you can still register by Friday 1st March 2019 for free collections to start no later than August 2019. This will give us time to order and deliver your bin.

Registration will open on Wednesday 2nd January.

Collections will run throughout the year, including the autumn and winter months, and bin collections will be every two weeks.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, said:

“We are determined to deliver on our commitments and I am very pleased that we are bringing back a free and enhanced brown bin collection service that will begin next year.

We need residents to work with us and embrace recycling to regain Derby’s position as one of the top performing recycling cities.

We strongly believe that the reintroduction of free garden waste collections will significantly improve recycling rates in Derby, and help us meet the government’s target of a 50% recycling rate by 2020.”

Recycling is also hugely beneficial for the environment, transforming garden materials into fresh new compost. Find out more about how garden waste gets recycled in this article from February 2018.

In its first year, the free scheme will cost roughly £774,000, with this figure reducing to £589,000 or less in subsequent years.

For help and advice about reducing food waste, please visit our website.

Can I have more than one bin?

All Derby households will be entitled to one free brown bin.

If you already have a bin at your house, this will count as your free bin. If have more than one brown bin, you can continue to use all of these for recycling your food and garden waste.

If you currently have just one brown bin, you can purchase additional ones for £40 each.

Where can I find more information about the 2019 Garden Recycling Scheme?

We will publish any additional information about the 2019 scheme on the garden recycling page on our website.

Please do not try to register for the scheme yet. Registration will open on Wednesday 2nd January.