Japanese Knotweed and Common Ragwort
Small quantities of Japanese Knotweed and Common Ragwort from your garden can be taken to a recycling centre or community recycling site for disposal, but please do not put these injurious or invasive weeds in with green garden waste for composting.
These weeds are best controlled on site, but small quantities from household sources can be accepted at recycling sites for disposal. Heavy duty bags should be used to transport weeds and Common Ragwort should be transported in sealed bags or containers. On arrival at site please tell the site staff that you have these types of weeds and they will direct you to the appropriate residual skip.
Ragwort is a toxic plant and suitable precautions must be taken when handling both live and dead plants. Sturdy waterproof gardening type gloves, a facemask and coverings on arms and legs should be worn. If ragwort comes into contact with bare skin, the area should be thoroughly washed in warm soapy water, rinsed and dried.
Japanese Knotweed is a foreign species introduced to the UK. It is invasive and outcompetes native plants and animals.
If you have large quantities of Japanese Knotweed, please see the Environment Agency website for advice on safe removal and disposal.
Defra’s (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) website provides advice on the safe disposal of ragwort.
Where ragwort is found on highway verges this should not be taken to a recycling site. Please inform Somerset County Council’s Highways department if found on local roads or the Highways Agency if found on a motorway or trunk road.
Identification and Information Downloads
MAFF (now Defra) guidance on identifying Common Ragwort and other injurious weeds.
Defra guidance on the disposal of Common Ragwort.
Environment Agency advice on the identification, control and disposal of Japanese Knotweed.
Centre for Aquatic Plant Management information sheet on the control of Japanese Knotweed.