Bag of garden waste

Garden Waste

Grass, lawn clippings to tree prunings, through to rose clippings and weeds.

Did you know

  • 12,000 tonnes of garden and food waste is dumped at the Southland Regional Landfill every year.  

See Also  Trees and Stumps  |  Food waste



You can reduce garden waste by letting your garden grow.  By simply leaving grass and plants to grow longer you can minimise your garden waste.


You can turn your garden waste into a useful product by

  • Borrow or hire a mulcher and shred your garden waste into a mulch to put back onto your garden
  • Leave your grass clippings on the lawn - this returns nutrients and water to the trimmed grass
  • Dry out your grass clippings and autumn leaves to use as a mulch
  • Compost it


Garden waste is accepted for recovery at your local transfer station. 

How do I recover it?
  • Keep it separate from your other household rubbish
  • Load it into your vehicle (i.e. vehicle boot or trailer)
  • Drive to your local Transfer Station
  • Dispose of it at the designated greenwaste/garden waste only area
  • The maximum sized branch accepted at Transfer Stations is 150mm (about 6 inches).  The size restriction is related to the technical specification of the mobile chipper.
Where do I recover it?
What happens to it then?

The garden waste is chipped into a mulch, placed into piles and left to naturally compost.


Cabbage trees and flaxes are not accepted at the greenwaste only facilities.  These plants may damage the mobile chipping equipment - as they become like rope when shredded.   The next best practical options for disposing of cabbage trees and flaxes is the regional landfill through your local transfer station in the general waste area.

Where to dispose of it?