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Opting out of the service

Properties that have not subscribed to our garden waste service will no longer have their brown bins emptied.

Opting out

Our garden waste service launched on April 3, 2017. Unless you have subscribed to the service, your brown bin will no longer be emptied. 

If you change your mind and wish to receive the service, you can subscribe at any time. The annual subscription runs until 31 March. If you sign up part way through the year, you will be charged for the full year. The subscription will need renewing before the next April for the service to continue. More information about the new service.

Removal of unwanted brown bins

We have completed the scheduled removal days from properties that no longer wanted their brown bins. If you have missed these and would like your bin to be removed, please email with your address and contact details. 

You may keep your brown bin even if you are not subscribing to the service. Many people have chosen to do this and are finding it useful for storage. However, it remains the property of Fenland District Council and we may ask for it to be returned at a later date. 

Please note that if you choose to have your brown bin removed and later wish to subscribe to the service, you will be subject to a delivery charge of £30 per bin.

Alternatives to using your brown bin

We offer cost-price compost bins and food waste digesters. This is a good alternative to paying for a collection or taking garden waste to a household recycling centre. You will also create great compost to use at home. These can be purchased online at or by phoning 0800 316 4454.

You can also take your garden waste to any of Cambridgeshire County Council's Household Recycling Centres for free.

If you have a small garden, you could consider sharing the cost of a bin with a neighbour. One household will need to be responsible for the subscription and bin, which will then be collected from this registered property. The agreement to share the bin is between the customers only.