Green Waste Club - garden waste collectionLast updated: 29 July 2013 10:00 UK
The Green Waste Club collects garden waste from your home every two weeks in a separate bin. The service is operated and managed by Biffa, Portsmouth City Council’s refuse and recycling contractor.
This replaces the council’s garden waste sack collection service, which means that garden waste is no longer collected by the council. Council refuse crews will not collect refuse sacks or bins containing garden waste.
All garden waste collected through the Green Waste Club is recycled into a Soil Association approved soil conditioner called Pro-Grow, which you can buy at Hampshire waste recycling centres, including the Portsmouth recycling centre at Port Solent.
Apply for Green Waste Club membership
As a Green Waste Club member, you will receive a 240 litre wheeled bin for any garden waste, such as lawn clippings, prunings, leaf fall, twigs and small branches, which will be emptied from your doorstep every fortnight by a Biffa crew.
The Green Waste Club offers additional benefits to members:
- quarterly newsletters
- exclusive offers, such as discounts for recommending friends to join
- opportunities to buy useful products to help you recycle, such as compost bins and water butts
- a shopping reward card which could enable you to earn back your annual subscription.
Twelve months' subscription costs £40. Join at Green Waste Club, or phone 0800 0858 286, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
Other ways to recycle garden waste
Please don't put garden waste into your household rubbish bin. Council refuse crews will not collect sacks containing garden waste. Sacks suspected of containing garden waste will be left behind, with a sticker explaining why it hasn't been collected.
It is then your responsibility to remove sacks from the road and dispose of your garden waste yourself, either by composting at home, taking it to the recycling centre or joining the Green Waste Club.
Any regular rubbish will then need to be re-bagged and stored on your property until your next collection, or you can take it to the recycling centre.
How do I dispose of woody, bulky garden waste or soil?
Bulky garden waste, such as woody hedge clippings, is less easy to compost than, for example, grass cuttings. Portsmouth recycling centre accepts all garden waste, including bulky garden waste of less than ten centimeters in diameter. It is all shredded and processed into Pro-Grow soil conditioner.
Soil should be taken to Portsmouth recycling centre. Follow the link to make sure you don't take more than the amount of soil accepted at all Hampshire waste recycling centres.
Garden waste sacks
As the Green Waste Club uses collection bins, the council is no longer selling or accepting application forms for garden waste sacks. Council refuse collection crews will collect any previously supplied garden waste sacks up to the end of September 2013. Please use up any existing sacks by this date.
These will be taken on your weekly refuse collection day, not by the new Green Waste Club crew. If sacks containing garden waste have been left out after collection, it is the owner's responsibility to remove and dispose of them.
If sacks sit out unclaimed, please contact us at City Helpdesk and we’ll arrange for an officer to investigate.