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Garden Waste

Lincolnshire residents can easily recycle their garden waste, which includes grass cuttings, shrub prunings, leaves, hedge trimmings, plants and flowers.

Kerbside collections

Most district councils in Lincolnshire offer kerbside collection bins for compostable garden waste.

Green waste collections in Lincolnshire

For more information about your collection dates, click on the links below:

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Each of the 11 Household Waste Recycling Centres in Lincolnshire has separate containers for compostable garden waste. They can also accept larger-sized garden waste that is not accepted in the district kerbside collection schemes.

All garden waste collected at these sites or via kerbside collections is sent to large scale commercial composting schemes where it is turned into a reusable product.

Home Composting

Compost bin

Home composting is the best way to dispose of garden waste. It is a beneficial way of recycling organic garden waste, and is important for reducing the amount of household waste sent to landfill sites.  Even better is the fact that it turns waste into a valuable resource, recycling nutrients back into your garden.

Through the Home Composting Scheme you are able to get preferential rates on home composting bins, water butts, and wormeries for your garden.

Commercial composting

There are two types of commercial composting:

Windrow composting

This method is like home composting but on a larger scale. When the lorry arrives at the windrow composting site the waste is tipped out.  The garden waste is then chopped up into small pieces by machines called shredders.  The shredded waste is then put into large heaps which then rot.  These heaps are turned by special machines to make sure there is enough air for the animals and microbes inside.

Composting needs warmth, water and air to make the waste rot.  The waste needs to be a mixture of things like grass cuttings and branches.  It takes about three months for this method of composting to work.  At the end of this time the compost is sieved to remove any big bits, or things that haven’t rotted.  The finished compost is then sold to be put back onto gardens.

Vessel composting

This method happens inside sealed containers or vessels, normally a big metal ‘tube’. The tube turns round slowly mixing the waste.  In vessel composters also require the waste to be shredded.  It also has some water added.  This mixture gets hotter as it rots and reaches up to 60oC for four days. At this temperature lots of diseases and germs are killed.  This high temperature means that some more types of kitchen waste can be composted in this way.


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Last updated: 6 December 2017

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