Garden permits are now on sale


Green-fingered residents can now get their hands on new garden waste permits ahead of the brown bin collections resuming in March.

Inverclyde residents can purchase the £42 permits online via the council website from today (Monday, January 29).

Collections will take place at the same time as blue bin household recycling collections and will start the week beginning 11 or 18 March, depending on residents’ typical recycling collection day.

Around 11,000 permits are purchased each year and the brown bins are emptied from March through to November.

Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “This is a sure sign that spring is on the way as our residents start to prepare for getting back into their gardens.

“The garden waste permits cost the same no matter what time of year people buy them so it makes sense to get one as soon as possible to get the most use out of it during the season.”

Waste materials such as grass, hedge trimmings, weeds, leaves and shrub cuttings can all be put in brown bins and will be turned into compost. Soil cannot be recycled in the brown bin and any bins containing soil will not be emptied.

This year’s permit is coloured purple and are valid from the week beginning March 11 through to the week beginning November 11, 2024. Bins without a valid 2024 permit will not be emptied.

The £42 charge applies regardless of at what point in the year the permit is purchased.

Residents are asked to present their brown bin by 7am on their regular recycling collection day during the garden waste collection season.

To buy a permit go to If you need advice on applying for a permit, call the Garden Waste Helpline on 01475 714555.