Green garden waste

We collect green garden waste from Newham residents for free.

Image of garden waste, cuttings and prunings in a wheelbarrow

Apply for a green waste collection

Before you apply

Make sure you:


We aim to collect within two working days of your request.


What green waste we collect

We collect:
  • grass cuttings
  • leaves
  • prunings
  • trimmings
  • small branches
  • flowers
  • bark
  • twigs
  • weeds
  • wood shavings
  • straw
  • real Christmas trees
  • or just about any 'green' garden waste. 

We do not collect:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • soil or sand
  • flower pots
  • large branches
  • piles of green waste not in bags/secure bundles
It is important to keep hazardous (dangerous) waste such as poisons, paints and chemicals away from landfill where it can be very harmful. See the hazardous waste page for more information.

How to prepare your green waste


  • leave your green waste in normal black bin bags or in tied bundles outside your door or at the boundary of your property
  • cut large Christmas trees into sizes that are easy to handle
  • put less into each bag if the garden waste is wet and heavy.

Do not:

  • put green garden waste into your normal rubbish wheelie bin 
  • use orange recycling bags as these are for recycling only
  • fill bags too full - we will need to lift them into the back of a refuse vehicle.

Home composting

We subsidise compost bins for home composting. If you compost at home you will reduce costs for the council, and it will give you a free compost to help in your garden. To find out more go to the composting page.
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