Garden waste

There are two easy ways to deal with your garden waste. Please do not put garden waste in your rubbish bin.


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 advice and buy a compost bin from just £13 from the Surrey Environment Partnership website.


Garden waste collection service

You can subscribe to our convenient garden waste service, and have it collected fortnightly from your home. If you don’t create much garden waste you could always share a subscription with a neighbour or friend.

More details on the subscription including how to sign up or renew can be found on our Subscribe to garden waste service page.

Yes please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Small twigs and branches up to 3 inches or 7.5 cm thick
  • Dead plants and cut flowers

No thanks

  • Soil
  • Stones and rubble
  • Food waste
  • Pet litter
  • Wood or sawdust

Recycling centres

Usually you can also take garden waste to any of Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs) for free. However, following the closure of Surrey’s CRCs due to the coronavirus pandemic, some will reopen from Monday 11 May only accepting black bag and garden waste and being subject to restrictions to make sure that each facility can operate in line with Public Health England guidelines to protect the safety of staff and residents.

To find out if your local CRC is open and to find out what restrictions are in place at each site, visit Surrey County Council’s website.