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Garden waste collection winter break

3 November 2015

Harrogate Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will begin its winter break from next month (December 2015), when demand for the service reduces due to the low levels of green waste being produced.

The last garden waste collection for 2015 will be made between Monday 30 November and Friday 11 December depending on which week the garden waste is due to be collected. The service will begin again between Monday 14 March and Thursday 24 March 2016 depending on which is the resident’s usual green week collection day.

Collections will be earlier during the week beginning Monday 21 March due to the Easter schedule. Details on the revised Easter schedule can be found on the bin stickers which have recently been put on domestic wheelie bins to let residents know about changes to waste and recycling collection dates over holiday periods.


Councillor Michael Harrison, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said:

Our green waste collection service is extremely popular, but between December and February there is a significant drop in demand as people do less gardening when the weather is bad, and there is very little growing. Suspending the collection services is a sensible option as it doesn’t make economic sense to continue over this period.

Residents who want to recycle their green waste during this time can still take it to one of the civic amenity sites in Harrogate and Ripon.

All households with a garden waste bins should start putting them out again as part of their normal recycling collection week starting Monday 14 March or Saturday 19 March.

We are working extremely hard to continually improve our waste and recycling service, and have recently launched a public consultation asking residents for their views on whether the garden waste collection service should be expanded across the district by introducing an optional chargeable service. To take part, click on the ‘have your say’ link on the homepage of the council’s website at then select Green Garden Waste consultation.

I would like to thank our residents for all their efforts to recycle as much as possible.


Harrogate Borough Council’s Green Garden Waste consultation closes at midday on Sunday 22 November.

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