Garden Waste

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Garden Waste

Whale Arts Centre (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education) in Edinburgh will accept donations of plants and gardening tools for their reuse projects. Please contact them directly in the first instance (no drop offs).

T: 0131 458 3267

30 Westburn Grove, Edinburgh EH14 2SA

Most garden waste is compostable, breaking down into a good soil conditioner given time. See Composting.

Garden waste can also be taken to your local Community Recycling Centre for composting. See COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRES.


  • City of Edinburgh Council Garden Waste Service 

As garden waste is not a statutory service, it isn’t paid for via council tax. Unfortunately, increased running costs and reduced budgets mean the City of Edinburgh Council can no longer provide the service for free. A charge and limited registration period now applies. 

The charge will ensure Edinburgh residents can continue to recycle their garden waste and on a more frequent basis, as it will move to fortnightly collections from October 2018.

You must register and pay the fee. If you have missed the registration period for this year you can be notified when they open again. For more information visit the council website:


  • Colinton Community Compost

Tiphereth collect green waste from 600 homes in the Colinton area. Special collections are available on request. They accept green waste from the public and contractors, and ask for a donation in return for the service. All proceeds go towards the running of community activities. For details contact:

W: Tiphereth Trading: Compost & Firewood - Tiphereth

T: Compost and firewood sales 0131 312 9944

T: Main office 0131 441 2055

East Lothian

92% of households in East Lothian are offered the chance to take part in the garden waste collection using brown wheeled bins. The material collected is composted then used as a soil conditioner on agricultural land in East Lothian. Excess garden waste can be collected by booking a bulky uplift. See Local Councils.

Garden waste can be collected for free from areas not covered by the kerbside collection. Please make sure bundles of branches etc. are not longer than 1.2m.

W: Brown bin - monthly garden waste collections | Waste and recycling services for households | East Lothian Council 

T: 01875 824 305


All bins must display a valid collection sticker to let their crews know to empty them. Register via the website. 

The Recycling Helpline

T: 0131 561 5284
W: Garden waste collection | Brown bin | Midlothian Council

West Lothian

There is a regular brown bin collection for garden waste, which will be turned into compost for use in landscaping work.

The Recycling Helpline

T: 01506 777 810
W: Brown Bins - West Lothian Council

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