There are several ways to recycle your garden waste:
Make your own free compost for the garden.
Some councils charge for this service, check your local council for further information.
Staffordshire’s recycling centres accept all types of garden waste (such as weeds, prunings and leaves) and including larger items such as tree branches, that cannot be placed in the kerbside collection.
Please note: turf edging can be disposed of free of charge, however, turf from clearing larger areas is considered to be garden landscaping and is chargeable.
If leaves from a nearby tree fall into your garden it’s classed as a natural event and it’s down to you to dispose of them. Legally you can’t require the owner of the tree to dispose of them.
However, if you choose to cut off any tree branches or vegetation overhanging your property you should return what you remove to your neighbour or whoever owns the trees. That includes branches and fruit. You should not dispose of them yourself.
While there’s nothing stopping you, it is a waste of a useful resource.
In Staffordshire, most of the waste which can’t be re-used or recycled is sent to one of our two energy recovery plants where it gets burnt to generate electricity.
While this is a much better option than landfill, it is more important to recycle as much material as possible to keep valuable resources in circulation for longer.
Also, garden waste contains a lot of moisture. When it’s burned it reduces the efficiency of energy generation from the plant and less electricity is produced.
No. More than half of all UK councils now charge for garden waste collections and there is no evidence that charging has resulted in increased fly-tipping.
No. In the past, some councils could afford to offer a garden waste service free of charge. However, every council has seen substantial cuts to their budgets. In some cases that extra money simply isn’t there anymore.
Councils now have to prioritise their funding so they can continue to deliver essential statutory services like social care. No council is required by law to offer a garden waste collection.
However, rather than simply cutting garden waste collections completely some councils have chosen to make a charge which will contribute towards running their service and keep it available for those who choose to use it.
There are still free alternatives to using a charged kerbside service including home composting and taking green waste direct to any of Staffordshire’s recycling centres.
The income from any charge helps towards meeting the cost of running their garden waste collection service, and other waste, recycling and environmental services.
Yes. Collection of garden waste is not a statutory service, councils are not obliged to offer it. The Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 allow councils to charge for its collection.
Every neighbourhood has an underlying rat population, even if you don’t realise they are there. Rats only become a problem when they breed in numbers and invade our living spaces. If this happens they can cause substantial health and nuisance problems and will need to be controlled. However, your compost heap is unlikely to attract them to any degree, and you should never add cooked food. Placing the compost bin on a hard surface or chicken wire can help to keep rats out of a compost bin.
- It shouldn’t. The knack with compost is to give it a stir occasionally to get air into it. Unpleasant smells are usually a sign that there’s not enough oxygen in the material. Stirring breaks it up and introduces air, top to bottom. Oxygen is needed for the fungi, bacterial and bugs to break it down into a sweet, earthy smelling compost.
- The time can vary. It can be as fast as three to four months if the weather’s warm and the material is regularly stirred, but it could take up to a year.
One option might be to have a chat with a neighbour and see if they’d be willing to split the cost of a garden waste bin with you.
If someone you know is going to the recycling centre you could ask whether they’d mind taking some of your green waste too. Local recycling centres are free.
Or maybe you could share a compost bin if they have room for one.
- No, but if waste is believed to be from commercial sources there is a charge. So, if you use vehicles that suggest it is a business, you will be asked where the waste is from.
- Your local district council organise the collection of your bins, so best check with your local council direct.
Where can I take these?
Lower House Lane, Baddesley Ensor, Atherstone, CV9 2QA
Bemersley Road, Biddulph, ST8 7QT
Pendeford Mill Lane, Codsall, WV8 1JJ
Ring Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, WS7 3JQ
Centurion Way (off Shobnall Road), Burton upon Trent, DE14 2AU (use DE14 2AY for SatNav)
Lichfield Road, Cannock, WS11 8NQ
Tower Crane Drive, Off New Haden Road, Cheadle, ST10 1FB
Fowlchurch Road, Leek, ST13 6BH
Witley Drive, Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, WS13 6EU
Leycett Lane, Newcastle, ST5 6AD
Station Road, Rugeley, WS15 2HE
St. Albans Road, Stafford, ST16 3DR
Beacon Road / Opal Way, Stone Business Park, Aston, ST15 0NN
Robert Bakewell Way, Uttoxeter, ST14 5AU (Not SatNav compatible)
Botterham Lane, Wombourne, DY3 4RA