Hounslow Council

Garden waste

We can collect green garden waste free of charge as part of our kerbside service.

Each household using the kerbside recycling collection service has been given two green reusable bags for their garden waste which should be adequate for the majority of households.

Two additional reusable bags are available per household at a one off cost of £10 per bag. Please contact us if you would like to order one. The maximum number of green reusable sacks that can be placed out for collection is four.

Larger quantities of garden waste can be taken to Space Waye Reuse and Recycling centre.

Alternatively, the white Hounslow Council biodegradable sacks are still available to purchase from Hounslow Libraries or by calling 020 8583 5555. Sacks can be purchased in packs of 5 for £5.

To help you use your recycling containers correctly, please watch our online video - Guide to Recycling from your House.

Please remember:

  • garden waste cannot be put out for the normal black sack refuse collection

  • garden waste must be put in your reusable Hounslow Council green garden waste sack or the Hounslow Council white biodegradable sacks; and

  • garden waste is collected from the edge of your property on alternate weeks, on the same day as your other recycling - please refer to your collection calendar for specific collection days.

Disposing of your garden waste

Garden waste sacks should be left out before 7am on the morning of collection or as late as possible the night before.

It is your responsibility to lawfully dispose of your garden waste. It is very important to separate garden waste. If it decomposes in a landfill site it produces methane gas, which contributes to global warming.

All garden waste material is taken to Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire to be composted. A similar composting product can be purchased from Space Waye Reuse and Recycling Centre.

A 40-litre bag currently costs £2 and there is no limit as to how many bags you can purchase.

Please note that we do not accept the following in the garden waste collection service:

  • animal litter/ bedding

  • animal faeces

  • all plastics

  • rubble, gravel, soil or turf

  • food waste

  • Japanese Knotweed - for more information visit the Environment Agency website

  • general household rubbish

  • coal and wood

  • used hay and straw

All other fruit, or your own fruit that has been removed from your garden even if only to your living room fruit bowl, should be included within the organic food waste collection.

Horse chestnut leaves

Horse chestnut trees in this area may have been affected by the leaf miner moth. We therefore recommend that the leaves from horse chestnut trees are not home composted but are disposed of through the green garden waste collection service. Home composting does not reach a high enough temperature to destroy the moth pupae and will allow the infection to continue to spread next year. There is no health risk associated with these moths, and in the short term this is primarily a visual problem and should not cause dieback to the trees.

Contact us

Email: recycling@hounslow.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8583 5555

Waste and Recycling Services
London Borough of Hounslow
Civic Centre
Lampton Road