What should I do with my garden waste?

Here you’ll find information about what you can do with your garden waste such as leaves, grass cuttings and old flowers.

The best thing you can do is start a compost heap – compost is a nutrient rich fertiliser that’s great for your plants and flowers. There’s lots of useful information to get you started. Discounted compost bins are available from just £13.

All of Surrey’s district and borough councils offer a fortnightly garden waste collection service for a small annual fee.

You can also take your garden waste to any of Surrey’s community recycling centres, where you can dispose of it for free.

Why compost at home?

Whether you're a keen gardener or just want to choose the greenest, most natural way to deal with your food and garden waste, composting is the perfect solution.

Grass cuttings, dried leaves, twigs and vegetable peelings are just some of the ingredients that can go into a compost bin or heap to make peat-free compost - ideal to use in potting or planting. Getting started is easy. All you need is a compost bin or a small space in the garden to create a heap. Then just follow our easy steps to creating your own supply of natural food for your garden.

  • Turn your compost... the heap decomposes much faster as a result of air being introduced.
    Andy Hills, Woking
  • Get a compost bin, and after a year or so you can give your flower beds a new lease of life for the best price going...free.
    Adam Leone, Surrey
  • Keep materials moist or they won't decompose. If ants appear, the waste is too dry.
    John Negus, Farnham
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