Residents encouraged to sign up to green waste service now spring has sprung

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With the growing season well underway, people in Swindon are being encouraged to join the thousands of households who have signed up to the Council’s green waste service.

Last year, more than 13,000 people took advantage of the Council’s green waste service which – for an annual cost of £40, or £1.60 per collection – sees residents receive a fortnightly collection via a green wheelie bin.

The service saves people from having to take trips to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Cheney Manor industrial estate to dispose of their grass cuttings and hedge clippings.

Reminder letters and emails have already been sent out to existing customers inviting them to renew their subscriptions, while tags will also be attached to general household waste wheelie bins to encourage those who do not have a green wheelie bin, to sign up to the service.

In common with many councils, Swindon Borough Council introduced the paid-for service to save money on its budget, estimated to be £700,000.

People with smaller gardens are being reminded that they can pay less each year by sharing a bin with a neighbour and sharing the cost. The subscription-only service also gives the collection crews an accurate picture of exactly where the waste needs to be collected from and the likely amounts, which provides a more reliable and timely service.

Leon Barrett, Swindon Borough Council’s Head of StreetSmart, said: “The number of households who have signed up to the green waste service has been steadily growing over the past couple of years but we want even more people to sign up.

“It is an excellent service and good value for money as it saves people from having to take their green waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre and the inevitable queueing that goes with it. Our collection service is also more efficient as our crews know exactly where to pick up the green waste and are not forced to drive down every street looking for green bags.”