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We're making changes to garden waste collection days, please check your welcome letter carefully for your new collection day or find my collection

Garden waste

Our fortnightly service offers an affordable way for New Forest residents to recycle their garden waste.

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PLEASE NOTE: Subscriptions for the 2019/20 garden waste collection year are now closed. 

You will be able to subscribe to the new garden waste collection year 2020/21 from mid-February.

How it works

The service is a convenient way for you to recycle your garden waste, without having to take it to the tip.

When you join you will receive a reusable green bag to store and present your garden waste in for collection. You will also receive a welcome letter with details of your collection day and a collection calendar.

You can use your garden waste bag to dispose of up to 20kg of garden waste.

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge cuttings
  • Weeds and flowers
  • Small branches up to 75mm diameter
  • Leaves and twigs
  • Prunings
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings/food waste
  • Soil/rubble/concrete/stones
  • Animal waste
  • Plastic bags/plastic pots and trays
  • Branches more than 75mm in diameter
  • Invasive species (e.g. Japanese knotweed)
  • Christmas trees

What does it cost?

PLEASE NOTE: Subscriptions for the 2019/20 garden waste year are now closed. 

Please do not try to join now- you will be able to subscribe to the new garden waste collection year 2020/21 from mid-February. 

Subscription periodCost of first sackCost of each additional sack(s)
1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 £35 £18
1 July 2020 - 31 March 2021 £30 £16
1 October 2020 - 31 March 2021 £24 £13


How to join or renew

Join or renew online

Go to one of our local Information Offices

Phone the garden waste hotline 023 8028 5391

What happens to your garden waste?

Your garden waste will be taken to a site in Hampshire, where it will be composted by a process known as open windrow composting. The finished product, Pro-Grow, is a high quality soil conditioner that is available to buy at every household waste recycling centre.

Other ways to recycle your garden waste

Please see our sections on Composting and Recycling banks

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Updated: 20 Dec 2019
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