You can dispose of garden waste for free by taking it to a household waste recycling centre or we can collect it from your home if you sign up for our green bin collection service.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus on staffing levels, green bin collections are currently suspended.
Sign up for green bin collections
We will provide you with a green bin to put your garden waste in. This will be collected from your home every 2 weeks from March to November. All of the garden waste we collect will be recycled.
We are no longer taking on new customers for the 2020 green bin service. You will be able to sign up for the service in early 2021.
What can go in your green bin
The following can go in:
- grass mowings
- hedge and plant clippings
- small branches
- weeds and cut flowers
- chipped bark
You should not put the following in:
- food waste
- household waste
- Japanese Knotweed
- plant pots and garden gnomes
- plastic bags and packaging
- soil, stones, rubble and sawdust
- waste from professional gardeners
- pond weeds and residues
- large branches
Putting any of these in your green bin may mean it will not be collected.
What happens to your garden waste
Garden waste is turned into compost and is then used by commercial landscapers and local authorities.
Here is how we do it:
- we take your garden waste to a local composting site
- your garden waste is shredded
- it's put into large piles
- these piles generate heat as they break down into compost. This process kills any unwanted bacteria
- the piles are then turned regularly to help bring air into the composting process
- after around 12 weeks the compost is ready to be used as compost