Countdown to garden waste collection service
Posted on: 30 May 2017
North Devon Council’s new paid-for garden waste collection service starts next week, as free green wheelie bin collections come to an end.
From Monday 5 June only householders who have signed up to the optional service and paid an annual fee of £36 per bin will have their green wheelie bins emptied by the council.
Many householders who want to receive the service have already signed up. It’s not too late to register; you can order and pay for your garden waste collection service online or by phone using a credit or debit card, or by cheque in person at the council’s offices (cash payments can only be made at Lynton House).
Head of Waste and Recycling Service, Mr Ricky McCormack says: “It is unfortunate that, due to government cuts, we can no longer afford to offer garden waste collection as a free service. Charging an annual fee is a good way of ensuring that those householders who want to continue having their green bins emptied every fortnight – or every four weeks during the winter months – can receive the service, whilst protecting our frontline services. Those householders who don’t wish to pay for this optional service have alternatives; 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 new weekly food waste collections. Kerbside caddies are currently being delivered to every household in readiness for all food waste – raw and cooked – being emptied from caddies weekly, 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 this month.
From 5 June the council is also carrying out a recycling trial in a small area of the district, where recycling will be unlimited and black bins emptied every three weeks rather than fortnightly. If you live in the trial area you will already have received a letter from the council explaining how it will work. Five new Recycling Advisors have also been employed, and will be out on the ground in the trial area, offering advice and assistance on how to throw away less and recycle more.
If you have any queries about these changes, contact the council on 01271 388360 or email email@example.com. For more information and the latest news, follow the council on Facebook and Twitter, or go online to www.northdevon.gov.uk/recyclemore.Posted in: