Gardening this weekend? Well don’t dump it…recycle it!

Release Date: 22 June 2017

Residents are being reminded that it is illegal to dump green waste in parks and open spaces.

As the summer begins, more and more residents are picking up the shears, secateurs and lawnmowers, for their annual prune and mow. However, and unfortunately, a small number of people decide to dispose of their discarded branches, leaves, grass and weeds by bagging them up and leaving them in parks around the borough.

This is considered fly tipping and an illegal dumping of rubbish. Not only is this damaging to the environment and costly for the Council to deal with, it is also a criminal offence which can lead to large fines or even imprisonment.

Residents are reminded that there are a number of ways to dispose of green waste. This includes:

  • Subscribing to the Council’s Green Waste collection scheme
  • Taking Green Waste to the local Waste and Recycling Centre (Townmead) for free
  • Composting

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“'Fly-tipping this kind of waste spoils our beautiful parks and open spaces and there is no need for it when the Council offers a fortnightly collection service from the doorstep or people can use Townmead which is open every day. We can then recycle this green waste properly, turning it into wood chip or other compostable items.

“So, if you are planning on doing some gardening this weekend, please think about what you are going to do with your clippings before you reach for the black bag. Remember – there are options that are free or low cost, environmentally friendly and not illegal!” 

For more information about Green Waste, visit our garden recycling pages.

Notes for editors

Dumping green waste on our valuable acid grassland neutralises the soil and changes the wildlife found on that site. Dumping acid loving plant clippings (Rhododendrons, Pines and Leyland cypress) can smother the existing floral habitat as they take a long time to degrade and break down. Additionally if the garden waste is that of an invasive nature (such as Bamboo, Rhododendrons and Crocosmia species) they can take advantage of the enriched soil conditions and spread very quickly causing destruction of natural habitats and encoring costly removal costs.

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Reference: P287/17

Updated: 30 June 2017