Monday 17 January 2022

Garden waste

Although the suspension of the garden waste service due to the national shortage of HGV drivers remains in place, we were able to arrange for full garden waste bins to be emptied at the end of November last year. Working with limited resources, we are currently planning another round of interim collections ahead of restoring the service fully, and will let you know when this is likely to be. Subscribers will be contacted by email or letter and we will post regular updates on this web page too.

Garden waste subscriptions

When the garden waste collection service was first affected during July and August last year, we said we would extend your subscription to reflect any missed collections. In recognition of the ongoing disruption, all current garden waste subscriptions have been extended by six months.

The suspension of garden waste collections is understandably frustrating and if you wish to cancel the service, we will retrieve the bin and ensure there is a pro-rata refund for the period the service has been suspended. Please note that we are not currently accepting new customers to the service. This means that if you cancel your subscription, you will be unable to re-join the garden waste collection service until we are satisfied it can robustly support the current subscribers.

We apologise for the inconvenience this unprecedented national issue is causing and have done everything possible to keep the garden waste service running. Alongside the collections mentioned above, we are continuing to work on ways to resume the service or offer additional alternatives for disposing of your garden waste.

You can find out more about the driver shortage and the steps we are taking to tackle the issue here.

What to do with your garden waste

While the service is suspended you can take your garden waste to a Community Recycling Centre (CRC) for free. Details about the centres are on the Surrey County Council (SCC) website. We are working with SCC to monitor queueing times and will consider extending opening hours if there is increased demand. You can also take garden waste to CRCs in a van or trailer, but you will need to purchase a permit.

You could also start composting your garden waste at home. For more information including an offer to buy a discounted compost bin visit the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

There is also more information about what you can and can’t do with your garden waste on this page.

If you would like to receive future updates about your waste collection service by email, please call the Amey Contact Centre on 03332 340978 and ask to be added to the email list.

Read our FAQs

The bulky waste collection service, which was suspended over the summer, has restarted on a limited basis. You can now book a collection for Tuesdays only. Amey is able to provide this service because the van driver is not required to hold an HGV licence.


If you are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus, please read our guide on how to deal with your waste.