Garden waste and home composting

Why home compost?

After listening to your views, we’ve stopped separate garden waste collections in favour of home composting. Up to 30% of our household waste could be composted. Home composting is an excellent way to reduce the amount of garden and food waste sent for incineration.

This year, you can help us save approximately £145 for every tonne of waste diverted from incineration. Your bin will also provide you with a free supply of compost that is great for the garden.

Claim a subsidised compost bin on-line

You can order a subsidised home compost bin online from as little as £12. Wormeries and kitchen composters are also available. For full details of the offers or to place an order, visit the Get Composting website.

Delivery is £5.00 per order. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery. Contact Evengreener, our provider, on 0845 130 60 90 if you have not received your order within one month.

Home composting advice

The Get Composting website has an excellent step-by-step guide to home composting, including information on:

  • what to put in your bin
  • how to tell if your compost is ready
  • how to get your compost out of your bin
  • how to use your compost.

More advice is available on the Recycle Now website.

Other options for garden waste

Each week you can put up to five bags of garden waste out in sturdy refuse sacks for collection along with ordinary household rubbish. Please don’t put garden waste in the orange Smart Sacks which are only for recycling. 

Bags must contain only green waste or garden waste, we cannot collect bags of soil or heavy materials and the bags must be liftable by waste collection crews. Any bags which are too heavy will not be collected.

If you have large items that are too big to compost (such as tree prunings), or more than five sacks of garden waste, you will need to either book a bulky waste collection for which there is a small charge, or take them to the tip, see below.

To book a bulky waste collection call the Cleaner Greener Helpline on 020 8753 1100 or email cleaner.greener@lbhf.gov.uk.

Composting at the Reuse and Recycling Centre

If you have a large amount of waste that is too big to compost at home (such as tree prunings), you can take it to Smugglers Way and Cringle Dock Reuse and Recycling Centres (the tips). For address details, visit the Western Riverside website.