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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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How it works

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

On joining for the first time, you will receive a reusable 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.

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  • 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?

 Subscriptions for the 2018/19 garden waste year are now open.

Subscription periodCost of first sackCost of each additional sack(s)
2 April 2018 - 31 March 2019£33£17
1 July 2018 - 31 March 2019£28£15
1 October 2018 - 31 March 2019£22£12

How to join or renew

Join or renew online

Download the Garden Waste leaflet below and complete the form, download and complete the direct debit form below, and return both to Customer Services, New Forest District Council, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst SO43 7PA (If you are submitting a direct debit request after 31 March 2018 please ensure you enclose full payment for the year and your direct debit will start in April 2019)

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: 13 Sep 2018
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