Garden Waste & Composting

MVDC runs a fortnightly garden waste collection service which offers residents an easy and convenient way to recycle all year round.

Garden Waste Scheme Application Form ›

Garden Waste Direct Debit Mandate ›

Your brown lid wheeled bin(s) need to be placed at the edge of your property by 6am on the day of your collection.

Yes please:

  • branches (no thicker than seven centimetres (three inches)
  • hedge trimmings, leaves or small twigs
  • garden prunings and cuttings
  • dead plants and cut flowers
  • weeds
  • other organic plant material (e.g. fallen fruit)

No thanks:

  • soil
  • stones, gravel or rubble
  • food waste
  • pet litter or waste
  • timber, wood or sawdust
  • sawdust
  • plastic bags
  • cardboard or paper
  • flower pots and seed trays
  • glass or metal

Only garden waste contained within the wheeled bin will be collected, so you must purchase extra bins if there is excess waste.

Bins found to contain any items it shouldn't will not be collected until the contamination has been removed. Similarly, containers that are considered too heavy for safe handling will not be emptied until the weight has been reduced.

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To find out your garden waste collection date, type in your postcode.


The annual collection cost per wheeled bin is £56.50.

You can buy a maximum of three wheeled bins per household at a cost of £40 per bin.

Once you have completed and returned the application form and direct debit mandate, a 240L brown lid wheeled bin will be delivered to your property, ready to use.

MVDC will separately send you information on your first and ongoing collection day.

A new subscriber to the service will have to initially purchase a garden waste bin, costing £40, unless there is one already at the property. If you return the bin at the end of your subscription period we will refund you £15, if the bin is considered to be in a reusable state.

Please note, the customer is responsible for looking after the bin. If your bin is lost or stolen you will be required to pay to replace it. To request an additional or replacement garden waste bin please call 01306 885001.

You can withdraw from your subscription service at any time, but will not be eligible for a refund. If you are moving within the district, you can request a transfer of an active subscription service to your new address. To withdraw your subscription or to request a transfer please call 01306 885001.

Compost Recycling

The garden waste is emptied into a dedicated vehicle and then sent to a local facility to be shredded and recycled into compost to be used as a soil improver. The facility is run by KPS Composting and the finished compost can be purchased.

Home Composting

Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way as it rots down to produce nutritious compost which you can then use on your garden.

Home Composting

Composting is easy to do, and there are lots of things you can add to your compost bin or heap. It takes just a few quick steps to get started.

To find out how, visit the Recycle for Surrey website. Recycle for Surrey also offer discounted compost bins from only £13. Visit the website to order one, or call 0844 571 4444.

You can also take garden waste to any of Surrey's community recycling centres for free; find your nearest one on the Surrey County Council website.

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Last Updated: 01/04/2019

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