Subscribe to a Garden Waste plan

Frequently asked questions about Garden Waste subscriptions

Below are some frequently asked questions that residents have contacted us about.

Questions about bin stickers

I have not received my sticker, the wrong number of stickers have been sent or the wrong service is printed on my sticker. What can I do?

If you have not received your sticker a week after it has been sent out, or you have misplaced it and need a new sticker, you can request a new sticker online.

If you have received the wrong number of stickers or stickers for the wrong service, you can request a new sticker online.

Please note that a new sticker may take two weeks to arrive, so please allow time for delivery.

Garden Waste sign up period Collection start date Sticker dispatch date
1st January – 27th February 2021 01/04/2021 25/03/2021
28th February - 7th March 2021 01/04/2021 25/03/2021
8th March – 1st April 2021 19/04/2021 12/04/2021
2nd April - 30th April 2021 17/05/2021 10/05/2021
1st May - 9th May 2021 03/05/2021 26/04/2021
10th May - 23rd May 2021 14/06/2021 07/06/2021
24thMay - 14th June 2021 28/06/2021 21/06/2021
15th June - 30th June 2021 11/07/2021 04/07/2021
1st July - 17th July 2021 01/08/2021 25/07/2021
18th July - 31st July 2021 15/08/2021 08/08/2021
1st August - 14th August 2021 29/08/2021 22/08/2021
15th August - 31st August 2021 13/09/2021 06/09/2021
1st September - 14th September 2021 27/09/2021 20/09/2021
15th September - 30th September 2021 11/10/2021 04/10/2021
1st October - 16th October 2021 25/10/2021 18/10/2021
17th October - 31st October 2021 08/11/2021 01/11/2021


What if my sticker has faded?

Our stickers should last the year. If it does fade, please contact us to request a replacement bin sticker.

Questions about Direct Debit

I have noticed a Direct Debit payment on my statement, labelled ‘BPS re Harrow Council’ – what is it?

Garden Waste payments are taken by Bottomline Payment Services (BPS) – this is our new supplier for 2021. If you had a direct debit with us, it has been transferred this year to BPS.

I have a Direct Debit for one bin – how do I get an extra bin on my service?

You can order an extra bin on your Direct Debit service. Use our general enquiry form to tell us and we will amend your Direct Debit

Questions about payments

I have duplicate subscriptions, how can I request a refund?

To request a refund for a duplicate plan you can complete our Garden Waste enquiry form. Please note that refunds can take up to 10 working days to process.

Can I get a concessionary rate for Garden Waste?

You will be eligible for the concessionary rate for garden waste if you are in receipt of Council Tax support. Single person’s discount does not qualify you for a concessionary rate on your Garden Waste Service.

What happens if I have an issue with my Garden Waste payment?

If you have been over-charged or double-charged for a plan, please use our Garden Waste enquiry form. Our team will investigate your case and contact you with a refund if any money owed.

Why should I pay full price if I miss the March deadline, and my service starts later than start of April?

The policy was reviewed last year, and we now have a flat price for the service.

Questions about the subscription plans

What if I have not received my confirmation email?

You will receive a confirmation email once you have signed up for a Garden Waste plan. This email may not be sent immediately as the system needs to validate your plan before it sends you an email with your new Garden Waste reference number.

Please allow five working days to receive the email. If you do not receive it after a week, you can contact us online.

What if I want to cancel part way through the service?

You can cancel your Garden Waste plan at any time, however you will only receive a refund if you cancel within 14 days of signing up for the service.

What if I move home part-way through my Garden Waste period?

If you move within the borough, please let us know. We will transfer your subscription to your new address. You need to take your brown bin with you.

If you move outside of the borough all you need to do is cancel your Garden Waste plan/Direct Debit. Please note you will not be eligible for any refunds.

I receive assisted bin collections, do I need to apply separately for Garden Waste?

If you already use the assisted bin collections service for any of your other bins this will automatically be added to the brown bin.

Can I sign up for a Garden Waste plan if I live in a block of flats?

Many blocks of flats in the borough sign up for a Garden Waste plan as a method of maintaining the gardens. We will only collect your bin from the communal bin collection area for the flats.

The subscription will need to be assigned to a specific flat number even if being shared by more than one flat.

Can I pay for a Garden Waste subscription for a collection at a different address?

Yes. The billing address to pay for your Garden Waste subscription does not need to be the same as the address you want Garden Waste collected.

When subscribing to Garden Waste, the address you first enter needs to be the address you want the Garden Waste collected from.

Once you select "Pay now" you are taken to the payment section of the form where you will be asked to enter your card details.

After selecting “continue” you will be shown your name, address and contact details. The address shown will be the address you first entered and you can change the address to match your billing address.

Changing the address to a different billing address will not mean you are changing where you want your Garden Waste collected from.

General service questions

What colour is the Garden Waste bin and what can I put in it?

Harrow's Garden Waste bins are brown. Once you are signed up for the service and to ensure your bin is collected, please ensure that you place the correct waste in the bin and remember no plastic, soil or rubble.

The bin should be placed at the edge of your property.

My bin was not collected and I don’t know why?

There are several reasons why your bin may not have been emptied – for example:

  • Incorrect or no label on the bin
  • It was not presented for collection
  • The bin was overweight
  • The bin was contaminated with the wrong items in it.

To check why your bin was missed, please visit the bin collection page. If there is no reason listed, your bin may have been missed in error and you can report it online.It may then take up to three working days for your bin to be cleared.

Why can’t I hire a Garden Waste bin?

We no longer hire out bins. We have however reduced the cost of buying a bin to £30. This will be your bin to keep.

My brown bin is broken or cracked what can I do?

If you can no longer use your bin you can purchase a new bin. If our crews damage the bin or it goes into the back of the refuse vehicle our crews will leave a calling card and order a new bin for you that will be delivered.

If your bin lid is damaged, you can request a bin repair online.