Aberdeenshire Council does not operate a garden waste collection service. Collecting garden waste from such a large geographical area would be expensive and it would not be of benefit to the environment. Waste reduction is always the best option in the waste hierarchy so its worth considering ideas like a mulching mower, pruning shrubs before they get too big - or even leaving an area untidy for wildlife. Otherwise, you can recycle garden waste by composting at home or taking it to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre.
Using a Home Composter at home is a sustainable way of dealing with organic waste from your home and garden where it is produced. This avoids vehicle emissions from a collection service or taking it to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre. You can compost some food waste as well as garden waste in a home compost bin.
This will provide free nutrition for your garden while reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
- Buy home composters at a discounted price from the Council.
- Check out the advice on Zero Waste Scotland website, which also details other composting systems, to help you get started.
Recycle Garden Waste at your HWRC or temporary skip
Householders can recycle garden waste free of charge at HWRCs (Household Waste & Recycling Centres). Please check the lists to make sure your HWRC accepts garden waste.
Seasonal garden waste skips are available in some locations during summer months. Garden waste taken to a HWRCs or seasonal skip is composted using a commercial composting system.
Why not try a mulching lawnmower? They can drastically reduce the amount of garden waste most households would normally produce. A mulching lawnmower also feeds your grass as it cuts it. With no grass box to empty and no cuttings to dispose of, you should find that cutting the grass is also considerably quicker.