There is a £35 annual charge for brown bin collections in Welwyn Hatfield.

Subscribing to the service

How do I pay?

If you subscribed to the service last year, please wait until you receive an email or letter from us as it contains a Customer Account Number that is unique to you.  If you haven't received this information by Monday 15th February, please contact us.

If you haven't signed up before, our payment lines will be open on Monday 8th February to set up a Direct Debit or make a one off payment. Alternatively, you can set up your direct debit or pay online by credit or debit card at

How will you know that I've paid or set up a direct debit payment?

Once you have paid, you will receive an email or letter notification confirming your payment. You will also receive a confirmation letter with stickers to put on your brown bin(s). Your property will be added to an electronic database so collection crews will know who has paid and which bins to empty.

When will I receive my stickers?

If you pay online or over the phone your stickers will be sent to you within 10 working days. If you pay via direct debit these stickers will all be sent out together in March. You will receive them before the service begins in April.

I set up a direct debit with you last year. Do I need to contact you again to pay?

No, your direct debit will be taken in March, so you do not need to contact us. We will contact you to advise you of the date payment will be taken. 

Why is my direct debit being taken in March?

If you set up a direct debit last year, your payment for this year will be taken in March as the subscription period runs April 2021 to March 2022. This ensures you will receive collections for the full 12 months.

Can I cancel my direct debit?

You have the right to cancel your direct debit under the direct debit guarantee. Please cancel your direct debit through your bank. We are unable to cancel your direct debit for you.

Can I change my date of my direct debit?

Once set up, your direct debit will be taken each year in March. However, you can choose or change the date payment is taken. Please contact us if you need to change the date your payment will be taken.

What happens if my direct debit bounces?

We will not attempt to take your payment again and your direct debit will be cancelled. If you still wish to receive the service, please go online at to set up a new direct debit or pay by credit or debit card. Alternatively, please call us.

Can I have more than one brown bin?

Yes, you can pay £60 for a second bin.

I have paid for my first bin and have decided I want a second bin - what do I do?

Please call us on 01707 357000 to arrange your second brown bin subscription.

Can I sign up part way through the year?

Yes, you can sign up to the service throughout the year. However, the price will remain at £35 to cover collections up until 31 March 2022.

Can I share a bin with neighbours?

Yes, you can share a bin between neighbours. However, the bin can only be allocated to one address.

What if I have subscribed, but haven't received, or misplaced my stickers?

Your stickers should arrive by post within ten working days of you subscribing to the service.

Or, if you have paid by Direct Debit, you will receive your stickers in March.

If you don't receive them in time, please put your bin out; it will still be emptied. This is because your address will be added to an electronic database, which will allow us and collection crews to identify who has paid.

I live in a rented property, can I still subscribe?

Yes, you or your landlord can subscribe to the service, although please bear in mind that the bin/s are assigned to the property not the occupant/s.

I am a landlord/managing agent; can I pay for more than one property at once?

Yes, for further guidance, please call us on 01707 357000.

Can I subscribe to the service if I live in a flat?

If you already have a brown bin, you can pay for a subscription. Please note, the subscription has to be assigned to only one address, so you will need to agree this with your neighbours.

Are concessionary rates available?

Concessionary rates are not available. Charging different amounts would complicate the service administration, making it more costly and time consuming to run. Keeping to just one pricing level means we have been able to introduce a lower charge for all.

Can I transfer my subscription if I move within the borough?

If you are moving within the borough, you can transfer your subscription to your new address. Please call us to transfer your subscription; please note it may take up to 10 working days to transfer your subscription. Please do not take your bins with you, as these will be provided at your new property.

How are you compensating residents for the service disruption last year?

At the start of the pandemic, it was impossible to predict how severely services would be disrupted by Covid-19.  Thankfully we were able to get brown bin collections back up and running much more quickly than anticipated, resulting in only three missed collections.

The price of brown bin collections has not increased in five years and was scheduled for review in April. To compensate residents for the minor level of disruption during the peak of the virus, we have agreed to keep the charge the same for 21/22. At £35, this works out at £1.30 per collection - the cheapest chargeable collection in Hertfordshire.

What can I put in my brown bin?

Please see this page for guidance on what you can put in your brown bin:

Please note, if you have subscribed to the service, you can put food waste in your brown bin.

How the service operates

What if I receive an Assisted Collection?

If you subscribe to the garden waste service and you are already on the council's assisted collection, this will not change and you will continue to receive your service as usual.

What happens if my bin gets missed?

If your bin is missed, please report it to us within two working days. We will return for missed bins which are presented correctly and in accordance with our guidelines.


What happens if my brown bin is not collected because it is contaminated?

We cannot empty bins if they contain the wrong items. If your bin is contaminated, you can:

  • If you are able to, carefully sort through the bin to remove what shouldn't be in there. This way we'll be able to collect your bin on your next scheduled collection day.
  • Contact us and we can arrange to empty your bin within 10 working days for a charge of £15.54. However, because the waste is contaminated, it may be disposed of.

What happens to my collection during adverse weather?

Collections may be disrupted due to adverse weather, such as snow. We will make every effort to return for any delayed bin collections; however waste collections may be cancelled on some occasions. There will be no refunds in these instances.

Not subscribing to the service

Is the garden waste collection service compulsory?

No, you don't have to subscribe to the service. Only those properties that have chosen to subscribe will have their garden waste collected. If you do not wish to use the service, you will be responsible for ensuring that your garden waste is managed and disposed of correctly. You can do this by taking your garden waste to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre or composting at home.