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Garden waste collection subscriptions

Please Note Subscriptions are no longer being taken for 2022/23

Subscriptions for the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 have now closed. We will shortly be opening up subscriptions for 2023/24 and properties that can have this service will be notified.

Garden waste collections are an optional service to homes with gardens, for a small yearly subscription charge. The charge for 2023 to 2024 is £60 (the subscription is non-refundable once the subscription starts). This gives a weekly collection of a 240 litre brown garden waste bin. You can pay for more than one 240 litre bin if you need them. All subscriptions made from 1 April 2023 onwards will end on 31 March 2024. The price is fixed, so if you buy a subscription after April you will pay the same price as for a full year.

If you don't have a garden waste subscription and need to dispose of garden waste, you can visit the Reuse and Recycling Centre or purchase some garden waste sacks.

Your garden waste bin cannot be used for food waste - you should use the free separate collection of food waste.

You can use your garden waste bin only for organic waste which can be composted, including:

  • grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, flowers, weeds
  • plants, twigs and branches (no more than 10cm diameter)

 You can’t use your garden waste bin for:

  • food waste
  • fencing or other waste wood
  • soil, rubble, stones or gravel
  • other materials, including plastic bags, flower pots or trays

You can still compost your garden waste at home, and residents of Southwark can still bring garden waste to our household waste recycling and reuse centre. Homes with gardens will be eligible for the new service providing you have somewhere to store a brown bin between collections. You cannot store brown bins on the public highway/pavement. 

Page last updated: 02 February 2023

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