There’s still time to sign up for a garden waste licence!
Release date: 17 February 2017
Thousands of householders in the Cotswolds have now subscribed to the Council’s paid-for garden and food waste collection service, and there’s still time to sign up! Just go to www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/garden-waste/ and press the green button.
The tenth year of the service starts on Monday 3 April, and CDC is very pleased that so many people have decided to take up the offer. Everyone participating will help contribute to the Council’s impressive recycling/composting rate of almost 60% - the best in Gloucestershire.
The Council has held the cost of the service for 2017-18 at £30 for a licence to use a green garden waste wheeled bin. Those signing up will have all their garden waste collected weekly, and they will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. There is also a cheaper alternative – a resident could agree to share their bin with a neighbour should the latter wish to contribute to the cost of the licence. Applying for a licence by Monday 6 March should guarantee that it will reach you before the new 2017-18 service begins on 3 April.
Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30 each per year. Additionally, for those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, 50 compostable brown paper garden waste sacks can also be purchased for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre)
Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Environment at Cotswold District Council, says:
"Recycling garden waste helps us save precious resources and combats climate change so it’s great to hear that so many Cotswold residents have decided to subscribe to our collection service for 2017/18. Given the number of people who have subscribed I look forward to seeing excellent garden waste recycling figures again – and there is still time yet to sign up for those who haven’t got around to applying for a new licence.”
Did you know?
Processed organic waste collected in Gloucestershire, including the food and garden waste collected from Cotswold residents, is on sale to the public as a soil improver. It is available from all County Household Recycling Facilities, including Fosse Cross, at a bargain price of £3.50 for a 40 litre sack. Experts have advised that the quality of the material is so good that it shouldn’t be used directly as compost, but rather as a conditioner to be dug in with existing soil.
Garden waste placed in green bins is collected weekly for composting. Food waste is also collected weekly if placed in Council-issued green kitchen caddies or in the green garden waste wheeled bins (if subscribed to the garden waste service). Non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly in Council-issued grey wheeled bins or beige bin bags. Paper, rigid mixed plastics, glass, cans/tins, card and cardboard are collected fortnightly for recycling if placed in the appropriate Council-issued boxes and sacks. For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.