Durham's garden waste collection scheme takes place throughout the year but to get the full 17 brown bin collections for 2020 you'll need to sign up soon. Here's how.

The brown bin collection in Durham for garden waste takes place 17 times throughout 2020-21, and is a paid-for service.

How much does the Durham garden waste brown bin collection cost?

Having a brown bin costs £35 per year. You can sign up at any time throughout the year but to get the full 17 collections you need to sign up before February 14.

The first collection for people who subscribe to the brown bin collection service before this deadline takes place the week beginning Tuesday March 31. This will be followed by fortnightly collections until late autumn.

The collection season ends in November.

What can I put in the garden waste brown bin?

You can put grass cuttings, shrubs, leaves, weeds, flowers and bedding plants, hedge clippings, prunings and small branches.

How do I sign up for a brown bin collection?

To get your Durham garden waste collection, you first need to check if yours is an eligible property. To sign up to the service, which costs £35 for the year, or find out if a property is eligible, you can call 03000 261 000 or visit www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Rotters Composting work in partnership with the council to carry out garden waste collections in the Teesdale area. Residents in this area should call 01833 690 022 or visit www.rotters.org to check their eligibility or to sign up for the scheme.

I've signed up for garden waste collection in Durham. What now?

Residents who have already subscribed to the County Durham brown bin service need to fix their bin sticker to the garden waste bin and put the bin out for collection by 7am on their collection day.

Details of collection days can be found by entering a postcode and property number at www.durham.gov.uk/MyDurham