In February 2019, Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and her Cabinet agreed to reintroduce the council’s free bulky waste collection service. This is for when you have large unwanted items such as mattresses, furniture and fridges.
This service is for household items only. We offer a commercial waste service for businesses in Newham.
How it works:
- If you’re a Newham resident you can have your bulky waste collected three times a year for free – the year will run from April – March 2019.
- We’ll take up to six items per collection.
- After the third free collection the charge will be £20 and will be for up to six items.
Visit newham.gov.uk/bulkywaste for detailed information.
We collect green garden waste from Newham residents for free:
- grass cuttings
- small branches
- wood shavings
- real Christmas trees
- or just about any ‘green’ garden waste
How do I get good-quality compost?
Here are some few tips to help you look after your compost and make sure it is of a good quality.
- Find the right place: the best place is in the garden on bare soil; if you have to put it onto concrete, tarmac or patio slabs, make sure there’s a layer of soil or existing compost at the bottom of the composter, so the worms can spread.
- Layer it: each time you put a layer of greens in, add an equal layer of browns too.
- Keep your compost moist: not too wet and not dry, and check before you add a layer; if it’s dry, add water; if it’s soggy, add some more brown material.
- Add some air, so it doesn’t smell: give your compost a turn with a garden fork every now and then.
- Sit back and relax: it takes six to nine months for your compost to be ready to use, so be patient.
- Ready for use: once your compost turns into a dark material which looks like thick, moist soil and gives off an earthy fresh aroma, you’ll know it’s ready to use!
- Collect the compost: lift the bin slightly or open the hatch at the bottom and scoop out the fresh compost with a garden fork or spade.
- Use it: don’t worry if it looks a bit lumpy with twigs or bits of eggshell, this is perfectly normal; use it to on garden borders or vegetable patches, in patio containers or to feed the lawn.
More information on Composting, visit newham.gov.uk/composting