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How to Get Rid of Your Garden Waste

Tuesday 15 June 2010, 21:25
By Dawn Haydon

Gardeners are being reminded that they can have their garden waste collected directly from their kerbside this summer.

Nearly seven thousand residents have signed up with South Somerset District Council to have their garden waste collected every fortnight using either a green wheelie bin or garden waste sacks.

Somerset Waste Partnership garden waste collectorsCllr Tom Parsley, Portfolio Holder for Environment at South Somerset District Council explained both options. He said, "We've seen a lot of gardeners choosing to buy waste sacks as they offer a flexible option for those who don't regularly produce larger amounts of garden waste.

"They are £20 for ten and you can leave as many out for collection as needed depending on how much waste you have produced that fortnight. Equally, hundreds continue to sign up for the green wheelie bin option which runs from April to April. If you are regularly going to produce garden waste then the bin is extremely useful as it saves you the task of getting it in your car and to the recycling centre. The cost for fortnightly collections up to the end of March is £42.50 so it can be well worthwhile. Spread over the year, the service works out at under £2 per collection. For those joining now they can either sign up for the bin until March or buy packs of sacks."

Somerset Waste Partnership announced the wider service covering all households in South Somerset in August last year. One thousand two hundred people signed up within the first week.

To register contact South Somerset District Council on 01935 462462.

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