Green-fingered Uttlesford residents who want to take advantage of the garden waste collection service are being urged to sign up early to claim a free garden wheelie bin.
New customers will normally be required to pay £20 for a new garden waste bin – but anyone who joins the scheme for April and makes a payment before March 15 will receive their new bin free of charge.
Residents who sign up to the service will enjoy a fortnightly collection of their garden waste from their homes from April 2015 until March 2016 for a fee of £40 – equivalent to just under £2 per collection.
Cllr Susan Barker, Uttlesford District Council’s Cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The garden waste collection service has been a real success since its launch in 2012.
“Over 4,600 people are signed up to the service and last year the Council recycled over 2,300 tonnes of garden waste.
“We are pleased to once again be offering this to our residents.
“Anyone new to the scheme who signs up after March 15 will be required to pay £20 for the bin – so we would encourage residents to join now to receive their bin free of charge.”
Information leaflets will be delivered, with the new bins, to those people who have signed up to the scheme.
The leaflets show what can and cannot be put in the bin. A letter will also be issued giving details of the collection week and day and a collection calendar.
For the majority of residents the collection day for the garden waste bins will be different from the current collection day for the other bins – so people do need to read their information pack carefully.
To register for the scheme, call the council’s Customer Service Centre on 01799 510510.