Sign up for garden waste collection service
Posted on: 27 April 2017
North Devon Council will soon be introducing a chargeable garden waste collection service in the district, alongside a number of other changes to their waste and recycling service.
From 5 June the council will start collecting garden waste from householders who have signed up and paid for the service, as free green wheelie bin collections will end.
North Devon Council will charge a £36 annual fee per green wheelie bin for householders who wish to continue having their garden waste collected every two weeks, and residents can sign up and pay for this service online from 2 May. A dedicated telephone line has also been set up by the council to answer any queries residents may have about this, and other changes to the waste and recycling service. Householders will also be able to pay in person by cheque and card at any of the council’s community offices (The Ilfracombe Centre, The Amory Centre in South Molton and Lynton House in Barnstaple), and also by cash at Lynton House.
Head of Operational Services, Mr Ricky McCormack says: “Garden waste collection is a discretionary service, and only around half of households in the district use it. Unfortunately, with government funding cuts we can no longer afford to offer the free garden waste collection. However, we recognise that many households value the service, and charging a small annual fee is the fairest way we can continue to provide it. For those who wish to sign up, garden waste will be collected fortnightly – or every four weeks during the winter months. For householders who don’t want to pay the £36 per bin fee there are other options: share the cost with a neighbour, take garden waste to one of the county’s recycling centres, or undertake home composting instead.”
This service change is being brought in alongside a number of improvements to the council’s recycling service, including a new weekly food waste collection. The council will deliver a kerbside caddy to every household, and this should be used to dispose of all cooked and raw food waste. The caddy will be then be emptied by recycling crews on a weekly basis at the kerbside, alongside recycling boxes and bags. This means that food waste will no longer be collected from green or black wheelie bins, and residents should instead use the kerbside caddy they will be provided with in May.
More information on the changes to the council’s waste and recycling service are on their website www.northdevon.gov.uk/recyclemore.Posted in: