We encourage you, where possible, to recycle your garden waste at home using composting and grasscycling methods.
You can produce your own compost at home using suitable kitchen and/or garden waste. Composting your kitchen and garden waste at home avoids any costs and impacts associated with waste collection and disposal and provides a supply of peat-free compost to improve your garden’s soil quality.
You can home compost suitable food and garden waste together in an open heap, using a home made container (e.g. made out of old wooden pallets) or using a container sold for this purpose.
If you have limited outdoor space, you can still compost suitable food waste using a wormery or use a “Bokashi” system to produce compost for house plants.
Get advice on home composting from the Royal Horticultural Society.
You can buy compost bins and wormeries from the following places:
Grasscycling is a way of recycling your grass clippings by leaving them on the lawn when mowing. This practice is beneficial to your lawn, reduces waste going to landfill and saves time bagging and disposing of grass cuttings.
A good way to recycle rainwater is by using a water butt. Rainwater can be collected and used on the garden and to water pot plants.
Thames Water offers a discounted recycled water butt to all its customers. For more information visit the Thames Water website.
A wormery is a small self contained unit that will compost soft organic kitchen waste such as vegetable peelings, coffee grounds and stale bread. As it is small it can be kept in a garage, shed or even on a balcony. The wormery will produce compost for pot plants and a liquid plant food.
For more detailed information about wormeries and troubleshooting go to the Worm City website.
Updated: 2 March 2020