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Shepway District Council introduced a charge on 1st April 2008, for its fortnightly garden waste collection from the brown-topped wheelie bins.
We did this to ensure we can continue and develop the service, which was originally paid for by a one-off Government grant. When it was introduced only a third of the district had access to the service and it was felt it was fairer to ask those who use the service to make a contribution towards the costs.
To keep service costs down a one off collection charge is made for the period 1 April to 31 March each year. The current collection charge will need to be made even if you join or leave the scheme part way through the year.
If you are already subscribed to the garden waste scheme you will receive a renewal invoice letter during February 2014. If you wish to renew your subscription you will need to pay the charge and full details of how to renew will be given on the letter you receive.
Residents who have paid for the service will receive a sticker to put on the bin to denote that they are part of the new scheme. It is important that you put the sticker on the bin promptly. Please note, bins without a sticker, from households who have not paid for the service, will not have their garden waste collected.
If any households with one of the brown top bins decide they do not want to pay for the service after 1 April 2014 they can contact the council to make arrangements for removal of the bin.
If you do not currently receive a garden waste collection but would like one, you will be able to pay to join the scheme from February 2014.
When you join, the payment will include a one-off hire fee for the bin, and an annual charge of for the collection service. In future years, you will be invoiced annually for the service charge.
Once we have received your payment, the bin should be delivered to you within 3-4 weeks and you will receive the sticker in the post.