Garden waste

Garden Waste Calendars

New garden waste calendars for 2014/15 are now available to download. However, please be advised that collection days have not changed; the collection schedule simply continues from last year’s calendar without any interruptions. To view your collection days please download the following document, and then mark your calendar appropriately:

Garden Waste Collection Calendar  [PDF] (file size 118Kb)

Garden waste such as leaves, twigs, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings is perfect material to be composted. If you can compost your own garden waste then please do so as this is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with garden waste.

However, if you would like the Council to compost your garden waste for you then please sign up for the Garden Waste Composting Scheme and request a free reusable bag.

Garden waste will NOT be collected in any bags other than those detailed below - garden waste should not be put out for collection with the normal rubbish as the collection crews will not take it. However, you can take your garden waste, free of charge to Western Riverside Waste Authority.


How the Garden Waste Composting Scheme works

The Council's Garden Waste Composting Scheme is an initiative to hold green waste until it is collected for composting, using two different types of bag; reusable and biodegradable:

Reusable bags

The reusable bag is made from woven plastic and is very hard wearing. When not in use it can be neatly folded away. 

The Council will only issue one reusable bag per household. If you regularly produce large quantities of garden waste and a single reusable bag is not big enough then you can order single-use biodegradable bags as below:

Biodegradable bags

Biodegradable single-use bags look and feel like plastic refuse sacks but are made from corn starch and can be composted with the garden waste contained within. They can be ordered from the Council at a cost of £8.30 per 25 bags or purchased direct from The Town Hall or Market Office.  Again, these are taken away by a special crew.

  • the first bag and all collections are provided free of charge to residents
  • a leaflet informing you of your collection day and how to use the bag will be included with every reusable bag or pack of biodegradable bags supplied

Collecting your garden waste

Once you have your bag(s), a special collection crew (not your usual rubbish/recycling collectors) will collect your garden waste on a fortnightly basis.

Your bag(s) must be placed at the boundary of your property (not on the highway) and be visible from the kerb, ie: easily spotted by a collection operative walking or driving past, by 7am on your collection day.

Your empty reusable bag will then be returned to the collection point.

Please note: single-use, biodegradable bags will not be returned. To make sure your reusable bag is returned to the correct address, please write your house number on the bag.

Collection dates

To find your collection day please check your area on the calendar below:

Does it cost me anything?

The first reusable bag is provided free of charge to residents.

Additional bags can be purchased at a cost of £2 per bag. Alternatively, single-use biodegradable bags may be purchased at a price of £8.30 per 25 bags. The bag delivery, collection and disposal are all free.

Where do I get a reusable bag or biodegradable bags from?

To register for the service and obtain a free reusable bag please complete our online form:

Single-use biodegradable bags may be purchased by contacting Streetline on 020 7361 3001 with your debit/credit card details.

Alternatively, biodegradable bags can be purchased direct from The Town Hall and the Market Office at £8.30 for 25 bags. 

The Town Hall,

Market Office, 72 Tavistock Road W11 

Important - To ensure the crew know to collect garden waste from your property, please register for the garden waste service by contacting Streetline on 020 7361 3001 

What happens to your garden waste?

The collected garden waste will be sent to a composting facility in Essex and turned into compost to be used as a soil conditioner. Unfortunately residents will not be able to receive any of this compost.

What does and doesn't go in your bag

What does go in your bag

  • leaves
  • grass cuttings
  • weeds and old garden or house plants
  • flowers
  • twigs and hedge trimmings
  • diseased plants

What doesn't go in your bag

  • plant pots/wire ties/seed trays
  • plastic, glass or metal
  • gravel, stones or soil
  • logs and branches thicker than 2.5 inches (6cms) in diameter
  • meat waste, bones, fish or cooked food
  • vegetables and peelings
  • Japanese Knotweed*

*Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed is a serious problem in the UK. This non-native plant is highly invasive and regenerates quickly from the smallest of cuttings. You should not therefore remove Japanese Knotweed yourself. If you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed in your garden, you will need specialist advice. Please visit the Environment Agency website on Japanese Knotweed for more information. Please note that neither Japanese Knotweed nor soil that has previously had Japanese Knotweed in it, can be taken to Western Riverside Waste Authority.

Japanese Knotweed Ltd website also provides helpful advice and guidance about Japanese Knotweed and treatment.

Leaf fall

We will collect your leaves for composting - request a reusable garden waste bag.

Please do not place leaves or garden waste into orange recycling bags. Leaves and/or garden waste presented for collection in orange recycling bags is considered contamination of the recycling service.  Leaves and/or garden waste in orange recycling bags will go to landfill and will not be composted.

Recycling garden tools

Recycle your old garden tools with the Tools Shed project. You can deposit old garden tools in a special collection bank at the Western Riverside Waste Authority Civic Amenity Site, Wandsworth.

From here, the tools are picked up by HMP Wandsworth, where they are refurbished by inmates in the prison’s workshops. The refurbished garden tools are then distributed to primary schools within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth and Wandsworth.

Further information

For more information please contact Streetline