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Friday, December 5, 2014

County to charge for garden waste collections

Denbighshire County Council is informing residents of changes to its garden waste collections.

Garden waste will not be collected over the winter months, with the service ending on Friday, 16 January, 2015.  

When the service resumes on 30th March,  2015, the council will be introducing a charge for using the service. Garden waste will be collected fortnightly.

People can sign up for the service now and there is a discount for people signing up before the end of January. People can sign up by visiting the council’s website (www.denbighshire.gov.uk), by visiting any of the county’s One Stop Shops or by calling 01824 706101.

The council will arrange to collect your garden waste for 12 months from the date of your first collection.  They will arrange to collect your garden waste over 12 months from the date you sign up.

The council says it will send residents signing up a unique identification label for their green bin(s) or a tag for green dumpy sacks, a calendar showing  collection days and any additional containers (if necessary) before collections begin. Residents moving addresses within Denbighshire after signing up for garden waste collections can transfer the arrangement for the collection service to their new property.

The cost of the new service will be £24 a year for one green wheelie bin or three dumpy sacks or £36 a year for two green wheelie bins of six dumpy sacks. A discount of £2 will be offered to those signing up before the end of January.

More than 500 residents have already taken the opportunity to register for the garden waste service, taking advantage of the early-bird discount.  The following garden waste goes in your green wheelie bin or green dumpy sack: grass cuttings, garden prunings, branches and twigs, leaves, bark, flowers and plants.

The council says it will not empty green dumpy bags or green bins which contain soil, general household rubbish or food products. Garden waste can also be disposed of through recycling parks, free of charge.

Some garden wastes can be shredded and returned to the soil as a mulch or composted at home either on a traditional compost heap or a home composter. More details about the home composter are available from the council.  C

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “We are going through a period of significant change as a council and we need to make some difficult choices, as part of our efforts to save £17 million over the next two years.

“The proposal to charge for green waste collections has been agreed. We appreciate this is a very different way of working and we are offering people plenty of time to set themselves up for the new service which begins at the end of March."

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