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Green garden waste

New and replacement bins, bulky waste and garden waste disruption due to Covid-19

Due to staff shortages we are unable to fulfil:
  • New bin deliveries 
  • Bulky waste collections
  • Garden waste collections
Staff shortages are expected to last until April 2020 but could go on longer depending on the ongoing impact of self-isolation on our services.

If you are missing a bin please double bag your waste and put black sacks out for collection within your property boundary.

Please keep garden waste in your garden and bulky waste items within your property or property boundary.

You can also take garden waste and bulky waste items to Jenkins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre if you are not self-isolating.

If you have been diagnosed or are displaying symptoms, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household wa​ste bin.

We thank you in advance for your understanding during this difficult time.

​This page will be updated periodically. 

 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:


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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