Home composting

Composting is nature's way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn fruit, vegetable and garden trimmings into a dark, crumbly soil conditioner. Composting can:

  • Save you money by replacing shop-bought compost
  • Help your garden by improving the fertility of your soil
  • Save water by helping the soil hold moisture
  • Benefit the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the life of our landfill sites

A variety of reduced home composting equipment is available for Torbay residents to purchase at Get Composting, just enter your postcode to view the available products.

For information about how to compost effectively at home visit Recycle Devon's how to compost page.

Household waste recycling centre

The recycling centre in Paignton is open six days a week and garden waste is accepted for composting.

Collections points

Collection points are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Garden waste collection service

You can book a collection of garden waste from households in Torbay, at a cost of £12 for up to 8 bags (standard black bin bag size) and £1 for every additional bag (standard black bin bag size). For further details of this service or to arrange a collection, please phone 01803 701316.

This service is for household garden waste only. No plastic waste, soil, rubble or branches over 10cm (4 inches) in diameter.