Composting and garden waste

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Garden Waste

If you have a garden, there are several environmentally friendly ways you can deal with the waste it produces.

Garden waste like grass cuttings, hedge trimmings or fallen leaves can usually be recycled in three ways: by composting at home, subscribing to your local garden waste collection service or taking it to a community recycling centre.  .

Once your garden waste has been recycled, it is turned into compost or soil conditioner.

Your garden waste should never be thrown away as general waste, as this is bad for the environment and expensive for the tax payer. It is also illegal to dump garden waste in parks or wooded areas, or in other places for the council to clean up. This is fly-tipping and should be reported if seen.

Find out more tips to green your garden.

Home composting

Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way to deal with garden waste as it rots down to produce a nutritious compost which you can then use on your garden. You can get more advice on this, and buy a compost bin from just £14.20 from the Surrey Environment Partnership website. You can also make your own compost bin – a fantastic way to reuse unused materials.