Garden waste

Garden Waste Scheme

You can take any garden waste including soil to one of our Recycling Centres at Chelson Meadow or Weston Mill. All garden waste received at the recycling centres goes back to supporting local agriculture.

You can take all green garden waste to one of these and if your garden waste is heavy or includes soil or other non-plant materials it will definitely need to be taken to one of the Recycling Centres.

Green garden waste collections

 

Between 1 April and 31 October we also operate a green garden waste collection scheme from your home.

You can put your green garden waste in a Plymouth City Council branded green garden waste bag or household recycling bag (pictured above). Households are entitled to four garden waste bags.

FOUR BAGS

Please do not put out more than four bags for collection. If you have excess garden waste please consider composting at home or taking it to Chelson Meadow or Weston Mill Recycling Centre.

If you put out more than four bags, we reserve the right to remove excess bags.

WEIGHT

Please note that your garden waste bag must be of a reasonable weight that can be lifted to chest height.  If it is too heavy we will not be able to take it, and a red tag will show you this is the reason it has not been collected.  Some five crews collect 200 tonnes of garden waste by hand!

RED TAG

If you get a red tag, our crew have not been able to lift it to chest height to load into the vehicle.  You will need to reduce the weight of the contents for the next collection, or take it to one of our recycling centres at either Chelson Meadow or Weston Mill.

 

Check your garden waste collection day

Make sure you check your garden waste collection day. You can do this using our Check Your Collection Day web page.

Check your collection day

We aim to collect on your garden waste collection day, but as gardening activity varies, this can increase demand which may cause delays but we will make sure we collect it within two working days.

Ordering bags for garden waste

From September, if you need to order bags please click here – you will be given a reference number and you will need to collect them from either 1st Stop in New George Street or the list of available Libraries - Crownhill, Plymstock, Plympton, Southway and Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre. Please only ask for what you need - the maximum number of four bags for the garden waste per household.

Request a bag

Report a missed garden bag

What goes in your garden waste bag

When the household garden waste collections take place (1 April - 31 October) you will be able to put the following in your household garden waste bag:

  • Branches up to 7cm in width (the width of a drinks can)
  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Plants
  • Twigs
  • Weeds

Please do not put any of these in your garden waste bag

  • Food
  • Japanese knotweed or ragwort
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Soil
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Any other non-plant material

Most of these will need to be taken to your nearest Recycling Centre.

Please note Ragwort and Japanese Knotweed can not be taken to your recycling centre - they are harmful and must be disposed of appropriately. 

Japanese Knotweed (pictured, left) can not go in your garden waste recycling bags and should not be taken to the recycling centres either - it needs to be disposed of carefully.

More information about Japanese Knotweed and how to dispose of it is on the Gov.UK website here.

Ragwort (pictured, left) can not go in your garden waste recycling bags and should not be taken to the recycling centres either - it needs to be disposed of carefully.

More information about Ragwort and how to dispose of it is on the Gov.UK website here.

Sherford community

If you live in Sherford, please present your garden waste at your communal bin location. Please ensure your bags are marked with your property address.

Composting

Compost your garden waste at home and you'll have your own soil improver. Get advice from the Royal Horticultural Society, Garden Organic and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) websites.