Residents encouraged to sign up now for March garden waste collections

Residents encouraged to sign up now for March garden waste collections

Residents of the South Hams who want to sign up to the new fortnightly garden waste collection service are being encouraged to sign up before 22 January, to ensure the service can be as efficient as possible.

Thousands of residents have already signed up for the service since subscriptions went live on 1 November. Anyone in the district can sign up; an annual £49 subscription covers collections for one brown wheelie bin, with a maximum of two subscriptions for two bins per household.


The first collections will begin in March. The Council is encouraging everyone who wants their first collection in March to sign up by 22 January. This is so Council staff have enough time to create the collection rounds and get everything ready ahead of launch. The more people that sign up by 22 January, the more robust and efficient the rounds will be.


Everyone will still be able to sign up after 22 January, but your starting date may be delayed.


Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams Executive Member for Environment, said: “We’d love to see as many residents as possible signed up to the new garden waste collection service by 22 January. This will allow us to create the most efficient and best collection routes possible for our subscribers.


“Our team have been working very hard to ensure we’re ready to provide the district with a new and improved garden waste collection service in the spring. We want to reassure residents that the annual subscription fee will purely cover the cost of the service, with no profit being made. Compared to what private companies charge for collections, the annual fee represents good value for money.”


Residents can sign up to the new service in two ways:

  • The quickest and easiest way to sign up is on our website: – the website is full of information and useful FAQs on the service.
  • Alternatively, call us:
    You can call us on 01803 861234. We expect phone lines to be busy, so there may be a wait.

Residents can keep their garden waste wheelie bin even if they choose not to subscribe to this service. Anyone who decides not to sign up to the service and would like to have their brown bin removed can fill out our online contact form at:

Those who decide not to sign up for the service can still take their garden waste to all three recycling centres in the South Hams. Full details, including opening hours, are available online here: South Hams Recycling Centres

Alternatively, people can find out more on home composting possibilities here: Recycle Devon – How to Compost

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