Garden waste

We provide wheeled bins and reusable bags for storing garden waste. Collections are every 2 weeks.

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Where to put your bin or bag

Please put your bin or bag at the front boundary of your home at street level before 7am on your collection day.

Collections for estates and blocks

Some estates and blocks have communal bins for garden waste.

If you have a garden but don’t receive the doorstep garden waste collection, email to request the service.

What garden waste can I recycle?

  • grass
  • leaves
  • twigs and small branches
  • cuttings
  • flowers
  • plants
  • weeds

What can’t I put in my brown bin / bag?

  • soil
  • rubble
  • logs
  • large branches
  • DIY wood
  • pet waste
  • household rubbish
  • plastic bags
  • turf

How should I dispose of compostable packaging?

Compostable packaging (such as Vegware) is not accepted in garden waste. Please dispose of compostable packaging in the general waste bin. Waste collected from households in Hackney goes to Edmonton’s Energy From Waste plant to generate energy.

Japanese knotweed

You must not put Japanese knotweed in with your garden waste or general rubbish. The government has guidance on treating and disposing of invasive plants. If you have Japanese knotweed or other invasive plants on your land you should contact a specialist contractor to remove and dispose of it properly.

What should I do with large amounts of garden waste?

You can order an extra brown bin or a re-usable bag. You can also bring waste to a household waste disposal site.

What happens to my garden waste?

Garden waste from households in Hackney is sent to an in-vessel composting plant in south east England to be turned into compost.

Page updated on: 28 January 2020

Hackney Recycling


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E8 1DY


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