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.

Christmas tree recycling

Once Christmas is over there are a few ways you can recycle your real Christmas tree:

  • you can take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • you can arrange a bulky waste collection for £23.50. This service is available until 14 January 2022
  • you can donate to charity and they will collect it. Charities collecting trees this year include Christmas Tree Collection and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

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 two weeks from March to November. All of the garden waste we collect will be recycled.

The green bin collection service costs £57.65.

Sign up by 10 February (Direct Debit) or 21 February (credit/debit card) to receive all 19 collections.  

If you don’t have a green bin or need a replacement, we can deliver one for £27.

What can go in your green bin

The following can go in:

  • grass mowings
  • hedge and plant clippings
  • leaves
  • prunings
  • small branches
  • twigs
  • 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
  • mulch
  • 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:

  1. we take your garden waste to a local composting site
  2. your garden waste is shredded
  3. it's put into large piles
  4. these piles generate heat as they break down into compost. This process kills any unwanted bacteria
  5. the piles are then turned regularly to help bring air into the composting process
  6. after around 12 weeks the compost is ready to be used as compost

Contact Veolia Waste Collection and Recycling