Calling all garden enthusiasts! Spring into action with garden waste collections

Residents wishing to have their garden waste collected can sign up to Uttlesford District Council's subscription service now in preparation for the new gardening season.

Households subscribing to the service can take advantage of fortnightly collections of their garden waste, from their homes, between April 2021 and March 2022.

The service costs £46 for the year for 28 collections - meaning each collection costs less than £2. New customers will also need to pay a one-off fee of £22.50 for a garden waste bin.

There are over 8,400 customers signed up to the service and last year they recycled over 3,700 tonnes of garden waste.

Cllr Louise Pepper, Uttlesford District Council's Portfolio Holder for Green Issues, said: "With the days getting longer, I am sure many residents are starting to feel the pull of the outdoors and the desire to get outside and tend to their gardens.

"Not everyone in the district will have the space to compost, but the service is an easy and convenient way to recycle garden waste, and the collections are fantastic value for money - I would encourage residents to sign up."

Existing customers have also offered their thoughts on the service.

One described it as "excellent", adding: "It's a convenient service that pays for itself on trips to the recycling centre. It also cuts down on my car emissions and has kept going in 2020. If you have a green space, have a green bin."

Another added: "I have been using the green waste service for many years and find it extremely useful. My garden is not huge, but it still amazes me just how much garden waste it produces. With the growing season, particularly for grass, seeming to get longer every year, it is very convenient that the service operates for almost the whole year now."

New subscribers to the service will receive an information leaflet which shows what can and cannot be put in the garden waste bin, as well as details about collection days and a bin calendar.

Existing customers will shortly be contacted with a reminder to renew their subscription. Customers who already pay by Direct Debit will have their subscription automatically renewed and payment will be taken on 1 July 2021.

To subscribe to the garden waste collection service, use the online booking form or call the council on 01799 510510.

19 February 2021