Whether you’re a seasoned professional or looking to start a gardening related project for the first time, the gardening waste disposal process can be time-consuming and irritating. Here is everything you need to know about the garden waste disposal options at your green-fingertips.

What is classed as garden waste?

Garden waste is unwanted organic material that has been produced by gardening. Most types of garden waste can be recycled, including:

  • Bark
  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Weeds
  • Leaves
  • Plants
  • Hedge cuttings
  • Branches and twigs

You should never throw away your garden waste as general waste. This is both bad for the environment and expensive for the tax payer. Likewise, don’t be tempted into fly-tipping your waste as this is illegal and if found guilty, you could face a hefty fine. 

How do you get rid of gardening waste naturally?

There are several environmentally friendly ways you can deal with the garden waste you have accumulated. Recycling your garden waste will transform it into nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This can be used in a variety of future gardening or agricultural projects.


Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly and inexpensive way to dispose of your garden waste. Composting involves collecting and storing plant material, then allowing it to decay so that it can be added to soil to improve its quality. The compost becomes a nutrient-rich food for your garden that can help to improve soil structure, maintain the pH balance and moisture level.

Local garden waste collection service

The quickest and most efficient way to dispose of your garden waste is through a local collection service. This can be through a subscription or by organising a single-time collection. Some councils across the UK offer a home collection service, but you will have to apply for this and pay a fee. 

Community recycling centre 

Your local council will allow you to dispose of certain garden waste at your local community recycling centre. Your local council website will provide the necessary information you will require: the location, types of garden waste accepted and the opening times.

It is important to know that you may be charged if someone else disposes your garden recycling on your behalf, as the service is unique to you and not a free for commercial businesses like paid gardeners.

Where can I dispose my garden waste in Surrey?

Community recycling centres across Surrey

There are numerous community recycling centres located throughout Surrey that offer garden recycling services, including: Bagshot, Camberley, Caterham, Cranleigh, Dorking, Earlswood, Epsom, Farnham, Guildford, Leatherhead, Lyne (Chertsey), Shepperton, Warlingham, Witley, and Woking.

More information on the Surrey recycling centres, including opening times and type of waste accepted, can be found here.

Surrey Recycling Services

Surrey Recycling Services is a third-party company that provide garden clearance and garden waste disposal services. We can quote you if you require your garden cleared and/or the garden waste disposed of. We aim to recycle approximately 90% of the waste we collect, and have vehicles with capacity to fulfil any size of job. 

Call us today on 0800 011 9196, drop us an email on enquiries@surreyrecyclingservices.co.uk or WhatsApp Message by clicking HERE