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We also use an 'authentication' cookie on some sites as this helps us to make sure we can manage your visit properly without getting confused with other visitors. It is also used where ever you have to login to our website to access a service, for example, when you renew or subscribe to our garden bin collection service.
Other cookies that we use are essential for this website to work, for example, to enable you to move round the site and to provide certain basic features.
If you'd like more comprehensive information on how to modify your cookie preferences and how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers, then you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org.