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

Place your bin or bag for collection at the inside edge of your property, not on the pavement, by 6am 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 plastic is a material made from renewable materials such as vegetable starch and soy protein. Compostable plastic should be put into your general waste and not your food waste or garden waste. This is because in north London food waste is processed in anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and mixed food and garden waste goes to in-vessel composting (IVC) facilities.

All packaging (compostable liners/Vegware/plastic bags) is removed from food and garden waste by ‘de-packaging’ machinery and disposed of. This has to be done because non-compostable items are often put into the food/garden waste when they shouldn’t be, causing contamination. The de-packaging machinery we use is not currently able to distinguish between compostable and non-compostable packaging when removing contaminants.

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: 27 January 2021

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