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Return of unwanted brown bins

20th November 2017

The Highland Council's chargeable garden waste brown bin collection service started on 3rd July 2017 and to date approximately 32,000 garden waste brown bin permits have been purchased. This accounts for 48% of households that previously received the Garden Waste Collection Service.

The Council is now implementing the process of collecting unwanted brown bins from households who do not wish to use the garden waste service and want their bins removed.

Unwanted brown bins will be collected over a 2 week period from Monday 4th December 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017. Householders need to check which day their bin will be collected by going to the Highland Council website or calling 01349 886603.

Brown bins should be empty before collection and householders should refrain from returning their brown bin, if they think they may need to use the Garden Waste Collection Service in the future. Empty brown bins will also be accepted at our Recycling Centres.

Householders can still take their garden waste along to their local Recycling Centre free of charge. Householders are also encouraged to compost garden waste at home wherever possible.

To find your local Recycling Centre that can accept garden waste, please visit


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