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Other ways to dispose of garden waste


If you don't want to subscribe and pay for garden waste collections or your property is not eligible for the service, there are other ways to dispose of, or reduce, your garden waste.

These are also useful options if you have garden waste to get rid of when the service is suspended during the winter.

  • Use a home compost bin: garden waste such as grass cuttings, weeds and old plants are all suitable for composting and compost bins are currently available at a subsidised rate
  • Take it to one of our household waste recycling centres (tips) (tips)
  • Arrange a bulky waste collection: if you are unable to compost or visit a household waste recycling centre, you can have up to six bags of garden waste removed as bulky waste - there is a charge for this service.

Can ash leaves be used for composting?

Advice from the Forestry Commission: If leaves are from a tree free from infection they can continue to be composted and disposed of using existing local authority arrangements. Leaves from infected trees or trees suspected of being infected however should not be removed from the site, so do not put them in green waste bins for composting, for example, as this risks spreading the disease. Forestry Commission advice in this situation is that burning them on site is the best option.

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