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Green Waste Disposal: What is it and how to do it.

If you look into your garden at any point of the year, you will probably see some green waste (also known as garden waste).

These items can often end up raked up and thrown in the bin in a bid to declutter your outside space.

While everyone loves a clean garden, green waste shouldn’t be seen as the enemy.

In fact, these fallen items can actually be used as fuel for future gardens, and therefore should never be wasted.

At The Southwest London Gardener, we have a passion for the environment, and the correct disposal of garden waste is a key component of our ‘green’ ethos.

But just what do we mean when we say green waste?

Let’s find out.

What is Garden Waste?

Garden waste is anything organic that has grown in your garden. In a nutshell, everything that grows can be classified as green waste (to an extent).

This includes:

  • Grass – if you’ve been mowing the lawn and have a bag full of clippings then this is garden waste that can be reused.
  • Branches – When heavy winds come and you find some branches have snapped from your tree, these fall into the green waste category. This only applies to small branches ad twigs though.
  • Leaves – Most UK gardens often find they have many leaves that blow onto their lawn throughout a year. Disposing of these correctly can be great for the environment.
  • Plants and Flowers – If you’re pruning your plants and flowers, and find lots of waste, this is always green.
  • Fruit – Whether it’s fallen off a tree, or you simply have some leftover after eating, old fruit should always be put with the garden waste along with certain other food waste such as vegetables and eggs.
  • Trimmings – From your grass or hedges, if you’re having a tidy, make sure all the garden waste left over is stored and disposed of correctly.

So, if you’re looking into your garden right now, you may be able to see many examples of green waste staring right at you.

It’s important to recognise what is garden waste, and what shouldn’t be placed in this category.

Things such as large branches aren’t suitable, as well as normal household waste, stones, animal waste and anything that isn’t biodegradable such as plastic.

So, now you know what classes as green waste, just what should you do with it?

Can Green Waste go in Recycling?


But make sure you are selecting the right bin. Your home recycling bin will not be suitable for green waste, but a whopping 94% of councils now designate a different bin specifically for this kind of garden waste.

The green waste you collect is actually rich in nutrients that are much more beneficial to a garden than they look.

There are various ways that green waste can be recycled. The nutritious and durable nature of all these materials makes a great environment for growth, and it can also be used as a natural source of manufacturing biofuels.

Simply put, sending this waste to the landfill doesn’t really benefit anyone. It takes up space, releases harmful methane gases and the opportunity for it to be reused is lost.

There are so many benefits of reusing your green waste, it’s essential to make sure it gets used in the right way.

So how does green waste removal work?  

How to Dispose of Garden Waste

As mentioned earlier, your green waste may have a dedicated bin that is collected every fortnight by your local council.

But what happens if you’re going through a big garden renovation and you have no room in your bin? Or maybe you don’t have the time or physical capability to go around and collect all of the waste from your garden?

Well, that’s where we come in.

Our expert team will make sure all green waste is removed from your garden safely and efficiently, leaving nothing behind and making sure all waste is disposed of in the correct and most energy-efficient way.

So how does this happen?

How is Green Waste Recycled?

Garden waste can be used in a number of ways, but is more often than not used to create compost or topsoil.

The process behind this often takes place at licensed facilities, where measures are taken to ensure the potential of the green waste is being reached.

Once the waste has been composted, it can be used to improve the growing capabilities of soil all over the land.

Whether it is farmers spreading the recycled waste across their fields, or simply homeowners trying to provide their plants with the perfect environment for growth, green waste is always useful.

The Southwest London Gardener’s Green Waste Removal

Our client ambitions are behind every decision we make in our business. Whether we are doing a garden renovation in Putney, or creating a modern garden in Wandsworth, we make sure 100% of the green waste left behind is collected and recycled.

We are licensed by the Department of the Environment to collect your garden waste and will always take it to a nearby composting facility where it will be composted before being redistributed.

Wherever you live in Southwest London, we can help turn your garden waste into recycled garden fuel.


Green waste can be tricky to keep on top of.

With the unpredictable British weather putting our plants, bushes and trees under strain, our gardens are often found covered in a carpet of twigs, leaves and plants.

If this sounds familiar, then all of this waste can actually be recycled and put to use in many different ways.

Either put in your recycling bin, or by hiring a private company such as The Southwest London Gardener, making sure your green waste disposal is done in an energy-efficient and productive way can provide a big boost to everything from someone else’s flower bed, to the whole environment.