Composting is nature's way of recycling. It is a great 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
  • Help the environment by:
    • recycling valuable organic resources
    • extending the life of our landfill sites

Torbay residents can buy a range of composting equipment at a reduced price.

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Recycle Devon's how to compost guide can help you to get the most from composting.

You can also take garden waste to the recycling centre. Make sure you book a slot before you go.

Collections points

Collection points are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Book a collection

If you are struggling to take garden waste to the recycling centre we can collect it for you for a small fee. This service is for household garden waste only. We won't collect plastic waste, soil, rubble or branches over 10cm (4 inches) in diameter.

From 1 December we won't be taking cash or cheque payments. You must book your collection online using a debit or credit card.

  Book a garden waste collection

If you need help making a booking call SWISCo on 01803 701316.

How much it costs

It costs £12 for up to 8 bags (standard black bin bag size) and £1 for every extra bag (standard black bin bag size).