Published: Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Householders are being told there's still time to subscribe to the 2018 Harrogate Borough Council garden waste collection service, which begins on 12 March.

So far, more than 22,600 homes have signed-up.

For the first time, collections will be made from properties across the entire district, every fortnight, for nine months of the year.

Until now, the garden waste service has only been available to two-thirds of households.

It costs just £39 a year, which amounts to just over £2 each time the bin is emptied.

Subscriptions can be arranged online at, or, by calling the council's customer service centre on 01423 500600.

New customers will receive a wheeled bin or sacks where access to a property is an issue or there's no space to store a bin.

Subscriber packs have begun to arrive on door mats. They contain a licence 'tag' which needs to be attached to bins or the handle of the waste sacks.

Information about collection days is also included. Householders are encouraged to read the details carefully because collections may be different this year.

Collection dates can also be checked at the click of a mouse by using the 'In My Area' section of the HBC website.

The new district-wide service was set up after a consultation last year which found there was strong demand for collections to be expanded to everywhere.

Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of the council, said:

"I am really pleased that so many households have signed up to the new service.

"For many of them, it will be the first time they will benefit from having garden waste taken away from right outside the front of their homes.

"No longer will people have to faff about loading their cars, driving to the tip or waiting in a queue just to get rid of hedge clippings or grass cuttings.

"I'd encourage anyone who hasn't subscribed yet, to do so as soon as possible to benefit from a service which will cost them just over £2 per collection."


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