Residents across North Yorkshire are being offered the new garden waste licence which costs £46.50 ahead of this year’s collections starting in March.

North Yorkshire Council say the service has been standardised to ensure it is the same regardless of where people live in the county and is a cost effective way for residents to dispose of garden waste. Collections are made from March to early December. For most users it is a 6.9 per cent rise on last year.

The authority issues the licence to cover one 240-litre wheelie bin to be emptied fortnightly. Anyone who would like to have more than one bin emptied can pay for a licence for each additional bin.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Garden waste bins are on offer for £46.50 a year in North Yorkshire

Depending on where they live, some residents may have an equivalent number of compostable liners or sacks/bags.

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North Yorkshire Council spokesman, Cllr Greg White said: "We carefully considered the best approach for the delivery of garden waste collections, and a key priority for the new council was to standardise the service across the county.

"Residents are encouraged to buy a licence in plenty of time before the start of the service in March. Although they can still pay for a licence at any time during the season, the service will not start until their licence arrives and is displayed on their bin."

When residents buy a licence, they will receive a licence pack within 14 days. To make a payment and for more information about the garden waste service, including collection dates, go to the website at

For customers whose previous licence covered collections in March 2024 the costs for this year will be reduced.

Residents are also encouraged to compost at home or take their garden waste to one of the 20 household waste recycling centres across North Yorkshire.

Cllr White added: "We always encourage people to make use of our recycling centres and start home composting, which is easy and environmentally-friendly.

"From lawn clippings to fruit and vegetable peelings, homemade compost has many benefits for your soil and plants. With the spring on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start your own compost bin and improve your garden’s biodiversity."

The council has an offer for a low-cost compost bin, with more information available at