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Brown Bins

From 1 June 2024, West Lothian Council will introduce a £50 per annum charge for garden waste collection.

Applications are now open for garden waste permits for 2024/25.

Permits cost £50 per household (up to two brown bins per household) and will be valid from 1 June 2024 to 31 May 2025.

From 1 June 2024, if you would like the council to collect your garden waste from your home, you need to purchase and display a garden waste permit on your brown bin. If you do not have a garden waste permit displayed, only food waste should be placed in your brown bin. If garden waste is placed in your brown bin and you do not have a permit displayed, your bin will not be emptied. 

Please try not to compact the material in your bin, this can result in your bin being half emptied on collection day.  If your bin is not fully emptied due to the material being compacted, or frozen together in winter months, it is your responsibility to loosen the material ready for your next scheduled collection. No additional collection will be provided for half emptied bins.

Apply for a garden waste permit

Permits cost £50 per household (up to two brown bins per household). Permits take up to 21 days to arrive.

You cannot buy an additional brown bin permit if you have more than two brown bins.

You should apply for your permit by 10 May if you want to receive your permit by 1 June. You can still apply for a permit after this date, please be aware that the price will remain £50 and will still only be valid until 31 May regardless of when in the year the permit is purchased. You can read the full Garden Waste Terms and Conditions in relation to the scheme. 

Residents unable to apply online can call the Customer Service Centre on 01506 280000 (Option 3 then Option 1) for assistance.

Apply for a Garden Waste Permit

Replacement Permits

Replacement permits are marked as such and are issued should your permit be damaged, stolen or you require a new brown bin. 

You cannot yet apply for a replacement permit. This will become available once initial permits have been issued. 

Cancellation of Permits

You have 14 days from the purchase of your permit to cancel it. This is called the "cooling-off" period. If you are within the 14 day period, please complete the Cancel your Permit form. 

Cancel a Garden Waste Permit

Once you have your permit

Attach your permit to the back of your brown bin, under the handles as shown in the short video.

We'll then start collecting your garden waste on your next brown bin collection date.

Your permit will be valid from 1 June 2024 to 31 May 2025.

If you do not purchase a garden waste permit, only food waste will be collected from your brown bin. If garden waste is placed in your brown bin and you do not have a permit displayed, your bin will not be emptied. 


Frequently Asked Questions - Garden Waste Permits

 

A list of further Garden Waste Permits Frequently Asked Questions have been prepared in relation to the scheme. 

Find out more about what should and should not go in your brown bin.
Find out more about composting as an alternative to recycle your garden waste.