Garden waste permits

With a garden waste permit you can use your brown bin for garden waste as well as food waste.

Get your garden waste collected

Your brown bin is for food waste. But you can use it for garden waste too, if you have a permit. Garden waste permits cost £35 per bin per year. So you can use it year-round, and keep your garden looking great.

How to apply

Apply online

It’s quick and easy.

Apply by phone

Call us on 01786 404040 and pay with your card.

Sorry, but due to COVID-19 restrictions we can’t accept cash payments right now.

How it works

You can apply online today. You’ll need one permit for each brown bin you plan to use for garden waste. If you need another brown bin, just request one when you apply. If you don’t receive your new brown bin within 21 days, email us at

Here's what happens next:

  1. we’ll send you a permit which you should stick to the back of your brown bin. If you put garden waste in a bin that doesn’t have a valid permit, it won’t be emptied.
  2. we’ll empty your brown bin, with your food and garden waste, as part of the regular bin collection cycle
  3. if don’t receive a permit within 21 days, email us at
  4. you can attach your confirmation email to the back if your bin if you need to use the service before your permit arrives

Renewing your permit

Permits last for 12 months, from 1 April to 31 March the following year. If you buy a permit part way through the year, it will still expire on the next 31 March.

Permits don’t renew automatically. You’ll need to apply for a new permit every year if you want to carry on using the garden waste removal service.

Free permits for eligible residents

You’re eligible for a free garden waste permit if you or someone in your household:

  • qualifies for a Council Tax reduction
  • is registered for a Council Tax discount or exemption – because someone who lives in the property has been classed as severely mentally impaired
  • already receives a garden maintenance service at your property

We’ve already sent free permits to residents we believe to be eligible. If you think you meet the concession criteria but haven’t received a permit, email us at or complete the form below.

Lost or damaged permits

Don't have a permit?

You can still use your brown bin for food waste.

If you have access to transport, you can bring your garden waste to any of our Household Waste and Recycling Centres - free of charge. You could also consider home composting.

Refunds and changes to eligibility

If you change your mind about a permit you can apply for a full refund within 14 days of placing your order. After 14 days no refunds or part refunds will be given.

If you’ve already got your permit, or receive it after you cancel, simply dispose of it.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01786 404040, or write to:

Lower Polmaise Waste Management Centre
Waste Team
Stirling FK7 7FG

If your circumstances change and you become eligible for a free permit, you can still apply for a refund, but only within 14 days. After 14 days, you can apply for a replacement concession permit.

Moving home

If you want a garden waste permit at your new address you’ll have to apply for one. When you move home your permit doesn’t move with you – neither do your bins.

Moved to a property that already has a brown bin with a garden waste permit? You can carry on using that bin for garden waste until the permit expires.

Permits for second homes or other people

Need a permit for a second home, or a friend or relative you care for? Just apply in the normal way, but remember to enter the address of the property you need the permit for.

Permits for non-residential use

Garden waste permits aren’t available for businesses. If you’re a church, charity, association or club, email us at and we’ll let you know if we can help.

Sharing a brown bin with neighbours

If you have a communal garden, or want to share a brown bin with neighbours to recycle garden waste, you still need a garden waste permit for that bin.

You’ll have to make a private agreement with your neighbours about applying and paying for the service.