Green waste collection suspended over Winter months

Harrogate Borough Council’s green garden waste service is being suspended during the coldest winter months.

Just nine per cent of the year’s total garden waste sent for composting is collected between December and February.



Green waste collections will be made up until December – with the very last collection on 13 December 2013. However, some homes will see their last collection during week commencing 2 or 9 December depending on what weeks their green waste gets collected.

Green waste collections will start again weeks commencing 17 March and

24 March – again depending on which is green week day.

New refuse and recycling calendars will be delivered to all homes during November. And the council’s website has a look up facility via the My Area link on the home page www.harrogate.gov.uk which will show bin collection weeks.

Garden waste can still be recycled during this period at the civic amenity sites in Harrogate and Ripon.

Councillor Phil Ireland, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, says that to continue collecting garden waste during the worst of the winter months doesn’t make economic sense. He added:

This winter suspension is in line with other local authorities. And because so little green waste is now being collected during these three months, our recycling and composting rate will only be slightly affected.

I would like to take this opportunity of once again thanking residents for their efforts to recycle more.



All households with a garden waste bin should start putting it out again as part of their normal recycling collection week starting 17 March and 24 March 2014.


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