Garden waste

How do I dispose of my garden waste?

Residents can dispose of their garden waste in a number of ways.

HWRCs in Havant are operated and managed by Hampshire County Council.

Annual garden waste licence

New Garden Waste licenses are currently unnavailable.  

All garden waste collected is taken to a composting site in Hampshire, where it is turned into Pro-Grow a high grade organic soil and lawn conditioner. All garden waste collected contributes to the borough's recycling rate.

How the service operates

An annual collection licence will be valid from 1 April to 31 March.

Once an annual licence is purchased it is non-refundable.

On joining the scheme you'll receive a brown lidded bin along with a calendar showing your collection dates for the duration of your licence.

There are two sizes of bin: 140ltr and 240ltr. A 240ltr bin is typically the same size as the majority of household waste and recycling bins.

If you receive an assisted collection for your rubbish and recycling service you will automatically be eligible for assistance with the Garden Waste Collection Service. The location of the wheeled bin needs to be given on the application form or by advising Customer Services when applying by telephone.

The wheeled bin remains the property of Havant Borough Council. The amount payable for this service is for your yearly collection licence only.

If the licence is not renewed then the householder will be expected to return the bin, or be charged.

There will be a charge for all replacement, lost or stolen wheeled bins as well as non-returned bins if you choose to discontinue with the collection service.

Charges 2016/17

1x 140ltr wheeled bin £42.00
1 x 240ltr wheeled bin £62.00
2 x 240ltr wheeled bin £118.00
3 x 240ltr wheeled bin £176.00

What can go into the wheeled bins

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge cuttings
  • Prunings
  • Leaves
  • Shrub cuttings
  • Dead plants/weeds
  • Cut flowers
  • Small branches/twigs (not exceeding 3" (75mm) in diameter

What can't go into the wheeled bins

  • Soil including turf
  • Concrete or rubble
  • Fruit/vegetable peelings
  • Food scraps
  • Coal ash
  • Animal waste
  • General household waste
  • Plastic flower pots or trays

It is very important that only the correct items are placed in the garden waste wheeled bin. Wheeled bins that contain black sacks, or any other items that are not listed as acceptable for this service, will not be collected.

The wheeled bin will hold up to 140 or 240 litres. If the lid is not closed or the collection crew are unable to tip and pull the bin safely, then it will not be collected.

Why has my wheeled bin not been emptied?

It could be because your bin was not placed on the front boundary of your property on the day of collection, and therefore not accessible to the crew between 7am and 4pm. Parked vehicles and locked gates can also cause issues.

If your bin is not collected contact Customer Services on 023 9244 6010 within 24 hours to ensure a return collection.

Home composting

Composting is easier than you think! It is an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of organic waste from your kitchen and garden, giving you a completely natural, peat free, compost to dig back into your garden. After 9-12 months, depending how much you put into your compost bin, you will have a rich, totally organic compost to put back onto your garden.

To find out more information on how to compost, go to Recyclenow website (external link).