Brown bin

Charges for brown bin collections

From March 2019 you will need to pay separately to have your brown bin emptied.

It will still be collected fortnightly, from mid-March to mid-November.

Sign up and pay for brown bin service

Cost

In 2019, the cost will be £35.

There are no discounts or exemptions.

No discounts are available if you join the service part way through the collection season.

Why we are charging for collecting garden waste

Like other local authorities, our funding from central Government has been cut, and we must make difficult decisions about what we can and cannot provide. The charge for garden waste collection will help reduce our £13.5 million funding gap. The other option was to stop brown bin collections altogether.

If you don’t want to pay for collection

You can take your garden waste to a Recycling Centre. You can also compost your garden waste at home.
Continuing to recycle your garden waste helps Midlothian Council retain our high recycling rates and avoid waste disposal costs.

Isn’t the brown bin service included in my council tax?

A very small part of your Council Tax pays for emptying all bins and disposing of waste. Council Tax funds a wide range of services, and is not a direct charge for services or items.  We are legally required to collect household waste as part of this, but this does not include garden waste. Our 'infographic' factsheet gives more detail on how we spend your money (PDF).

How the chargeable system works

Sign up and pay for the brown service. Once you have paid you will be sent a sticker in early March to place on your brown bin showing payment has been made.

Pull out service

If you are registered for our assisted collection service, once your have paid, your brown bin will still be pulled-out as before.

Why does my friend in another area only pay £25 for her brown bin?

Different councils have different levels of Scottish Government funding, and different levels of Council Tax. They also have different funding gaps, and different costs for their core services. Each council can set prices for their services, e.g. use of leisure facilities, car parking or brown bin collections.

Can I have more than one brown bin?

Up to 6 brown bins can be emptied per property. The £35 charge will apply per bin.

Can I put garden waste in my grey bin instead?

The contents of the grey bins are not checked by the collection crews when they are collected. If you choose to put garden waste in your grey bin, the lid must be completely closed and the weight of the bin must not prevent easy movement by our collection staff. No side waste will be collected.

I won't be paying for this service. How do I return my brown bin?

We can take away your empty brown bin if your do not intend to pay for the service.

I won't be paying for this service. Can I keep my brown bin?

You can keep your brown bin, but we cannot repair or replace it if it's lost or damaged.