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All six West London councils offer a garden waste collection service. A special bin or bag is supplied for your garden waste and is collected it as part of their household collection scheme. If you don't have this type of collection service or your bin is full, you can recycle garden waste at your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Impact of Garden waste

Garden waste in landfills breaks down without oxygen which produces methane gas. Methane is around 25 times (over a 100 year period) more powerful as a greenhouse gas than the carbon dioxide that is produced from composting (in the presence of oxygen in the atmosphere).

What happens to it

Your garden cuttings are sent to a site in West London where it is turned into a high quality compost. The cuttings are left to decompose and what is left is a high nutrient soil conditioner that will help grow the next batch of crops, completing a circular life journey.

How to recycle it

If your council provide a sack or bin for garden waste, make sure you follow any special instructions for what can and can't be included.

Do not mix any other items with your garden waste like food,

If you are taking your garden waste to your local recycling centre, use a strong, durable bag (not a black bin liner) and try not to overfill it. That way it's less likely to tear and once it's been emptied, you can take it back home with you, ready to use next time.

Still wanting to visit your local Recycling Centre?

Brent recycling centre

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Ealing recycling centre

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Harrow recycling centre

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Hillingdon recycling centre

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Hounslow recycling centre

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Richmond recycling centre

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Further reading

Feeding your compost
How’s your compost looking this week? Did you need to clean it up and mix it up after seeing our compost heap last week?
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Get composting!
If you don’t have a garden you can still compost or recycle your food peelings, leftovers and cut flowers.
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Home composting

Give your garden a boost with home-made compost. Your kitchen scraps and garden cuttings (items you might have thrown in your bin) you can create a product that can be used on your garden and reduce the amount of compost you need to buy.

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From household kerbside collections to your local recycling centres, we deal with a number of different types of waste materials.

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