Spring into action in 2009 and join the thousands who are signing up to Cotswold District Council’s successful garden waste collection service.

The second year of the Council’s garden waste collection service will begin on April 1st, with garden waste being collected weekly across the District if householders have subscribed to the service and paid £30 for a garden waste wheeled bin licence or brown paper garden waste sacks.

And there is still plenty of time for residents who want to take part to sign up to the new service in 2009, and help make the Cotswolds cleaner and greener.

As well as a having a green garden waste wheeled bin with accompanying licence, residents with large gardens can request additional licensed bins for £30 each per annum. Those residents who prefer to use sacks can purchase a supply of 50 brown paper garden waste sacks for £30, which are available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or the Moreton Area Centre.

And remember, if you pay for a green garden waste bin, you can empty your food waste into it as well.

Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount.

Cllr Mark Tufnell, Cotswold District Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “We have seen residents from the Cotswolds take up the new waste collection service with such enthusiasm that our recycling rates are amongst the best in Europe. We wish to continue to improve on reducing the amount of waste which goes to landfill in order to help combat Climate Change and reduce the amount which Gloucestershire County Council pays in landfill taxes.

“I am delighted that so many residents wish to renew their £30 licence and we have frozen the rate to encourage others to join them.”

The Council’s paid for garden waste service was launched in April 2008 and the new waste collection service was launched in full across the Cotswolds last summer – and residents who subscribed to the service in 2008/9 helped to achieve a combined recycling and composting rate of 60%, and a reduction in waste to landfill by almost a half.

Under the Council’s waste service, food waste and garden waste are collected weekly for composting from the green food waste containers / green wheeled bins provided; while non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly in Council-issued grey wheeled bins or beige bin bags. Paper, glass, cans/tins, card and cardboard are collected fortnightly for recycling.

For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.

Source: Cotswold District Council