Garden waste

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


Garden waste collection service

The fortnightly garden waste service is operating again and existing subscribers have had their subscription extended by six months to cover collections missed due to the HGV driver shortage. When it is time to renew, you will receive an email or letter with details of costs and information on how to pay.

We are currently only accepting new subscribers to the service in Surrey Heath and Woking.

  • If you are a Elmbridge resident, click here to subscribe.
  • If you are a Surrey Heath resident, click here to subscribe.
  • If you are a Woking resident click here to subscribe.

If you are a resident in Mole Valley, you can add your details to be alerted once we are in a position to take on new subscribers in your area. Please see details of how to sign up below.

  • Mole Valley residents can sign up to the My Alerts service here.

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

Please see below some alternatives to consider while you wait to subscribe.


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 read advice on what to compost and how on the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) website.

Residents can also buy a variety of exclusively discounted composting products including hot composters and food waste digesters all year round from Great Green Systems.

SEP also runs regular sales of standard compost bins and hot composters. Please keep checking the SEP website for details.


Recycling centres

Garden waste can be taken to your local Community Recycling Centre for free. For full information on opening dates and times, and waste types accepted at each site, please check Surrey County Council’s website.

We are working with SCC to monitor queueing times and will consider extending opening hours if there is increased demand.


Let your lawn grow

It might sound untidy, but the The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds say that mowing your lawn less, and letting parts of it grow long, saves you time and helps give nature a home.  Visit the RSPB’s website for more hints and tips.