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Garden Waste

Recycling garden waste has helped us reach our Government target of recycling 40% of total waste. The target has been increased to recycle 45% of household waste by 2014/2015 and to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill, this includes paper, garden and food waste.

Garden Waste

Garden waste is biodegradable and when put into landfill creates methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas 30 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. The cost to dispose of waste from black bins is three times more than sending garden waste to be composted; therefore garden waste is no longer accepted in large black bins.

Composting is the best way of disposing of it which is why we offer subsidised compost bins to residents. Compost will help improve the texture, drainage and aeration of the soil and adds nutrients. It is also an environmentally friendly alternative to peat based products.

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How does the service operate?

An opt-in chargeable garden waste service is available to all domestic properties in Poole. The fortnightly service operates from March until November using a 240 litre green wheeled bin.

Please select the link that best suits your circumstances.

I have a green bin and want to register for the 2014 service

I have a green bin but don't need the service in 2014

I don't have a green bin but would like one

I don't have a green bin and don't want one

I have registered to the Garden Waste Service - what happens next?

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How else can I dispose of garden waste?

If you do not wish to register to the service you can dispose of your garden waste free of charge by:

  • Home Composting. Subsidised compost bins are available to all residents.

  • taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre. This site is open Thursday to Tuesday from 8.30am to 6pm (5pm October to March) and Wednesday from 8.30am to 7pm (6pm October to March). The site is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

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01202 261700

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Environmental and Consumer Protection
Unit 1
Newfields Business Park
2 Stinsford Road
BH17 0NF