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Gardening at home? Don’t dump your waste…recycle it

29 March 2021

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

As more of us are spending more time at home, more and more residents have taken to gardening in recent months. However, and unfortunately, a small number of residents have chosen 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. 

Green waste interferes with the natural processes of sites by introducing nutrients where they will change the pH of the soil, such as on acid grassland a National Priority habitat, or smother delicate wildflowers. Some plants, such as montbretia or ornamental grasses/bamboos easily take root and establish themselves, these then outcompete the native species and are difficult and costly to remove. 

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

For more information about Green Waste, go to our Garden recycling page. 

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Updated: 29 March 2021