Hartlepool Borough Council

What happens to my recycling after collection?

Garden waste

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Garden waste that is collected from the kerbside or recycling centres is transported to municipal composting sites. Here it is converted into pure, concentrated, recycled compost, which takes around 3-4 months.

Most types of garden waste can be recycled, including bark, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, plants, small branches, twigs and weeds.

Although fruit and veg peelings and tea bags are great for composting at home they should never be added to your brown bin. The system the Council uses to compost your garden waste is different to a home compost system and we need to meet strict quality controls so for this reason we can only accept garden waste not kitchen waste. Visit our composting webpage for more information about home composting.

This short animation clip from Recycle Now shows how most kinds of garden waste can be composted.

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