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South Hams garden waste subscriptions are now live

Published: 2 November 2022

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Residents of the South Hams can now sign up for the new chargeable fortnightly garden waste subscription service.

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

Collections will begin in March 2023. Residents wanting to get their first collection in March will need to have signed up to the service by 22 January 2023. This is so Council staff have enough time to create the collection rounds and get everything ready ahead of launch.

If residents don’t sign up by 22 January, they’ll still be able to sign up, but their first collection will happen at a later date.

How do residents sign up?

Residents can sign up to the service in two ways:

  • The quickest and easiest way to sign up is on our website: – The website is also 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 very busy, so there may be a wait.

What can residents do if they don’t want to sign up?

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

What should residents do with their brown bin if they don’t want to sign up?

Residents can keep their garden waste wheelie bin even if they choose not to subscribe to this service. Old garden waste bins can be recycled into a composter, water butt or used for garden storage.

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:

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