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What to do with garden waste?

03 Mar 21 1 minute read

Just unleashed your inner Titchmarsh, but unsure of how to recycle or reuse your garden waste? Read on to find out how!

Household recycling collection

Some councils provide a special bin for your garden waste and collect it as part of your household collection scheme.

Recycling facilities exist

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

If you don’t have a household collection for garden waste, you can recycle garden waste at your nearest recycling centre. 

Recycling facilities exist

What can you recycle?

Make sure you follow any council specific instructions for what can and can't be included in your garden waste recycling. In general, you can recycle:

  • Leaves and flowers
  • Grass and weeds
  • Tree bark and pruned branches
  • Clippings and twigs
  • Home-grown fruit or vegetables

What can you do?

  1. Try home composting - it’s an easy way to recycle garden waste and save money on shop-bought compost for your garden.

  2. If you are taking your garden waste to your local recycling centre, use a strong, reusable bag (not a black bin liner) and try not to overfill it. 

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.