There’s still time to sign up for a green waste licence!
Release date: 22 February 2016
Thousands of residents in the Cotswolds have now subscribed to the Council’s paid-for garden and food waste collection service, and there’s still time to sign up! Just go to www.cotswold.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/garden-waste/ and press the green button.
The ninth year of the service starts on Tuesday 1 April, and CDC is pleased that so many householders have decided to take advantage of the offer. Everyone participating will help contribute to the Council’s impressive recycling/composting rate of almost 60% - the best in Gloucestershire.
The Council has pegged the cost of the service for 2016-17 at £30 per licence to use the green garden waste wheeled bins. Those signing up will have all their garden waste collected weekly, and they will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. There is also a cheaper alternative – a resident could agree to share their bin with a neighbour should the latter wish to contribute to the cost of the licence. Applying for a licence by Friday 4 March should guarantee that it will reach you before the new 2016-17 service begins on 1 April.
Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30 each per year. Additionally, for those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, 50 compostable brown paper garden waste sacks can also be purchased for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre)
Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for Health, Environment and Communities at Cotswold District Council, says:
"We are very pleased that so many households in the Cotswolds have decided to subscribe to this service again. This bodes well for the future as we strive to remain one of the top recycling authorities in the country. It would be a real bonus if even more people could sign up to help us save precious resources, combat climate change and reduce the amount of landfill taxes. ”
“Processed organic waste collected in Gloucestershire, including the food and garden waste collected from Cotswold residents, is on sale to the public as a soil improver. It is available from all County Household Recycling Facilities, including Fosse Cross, at a bargain price of £3.50 for a 40 litre sack. Experts have advised that the quality of the material is so good that it shouldn’t be used directly as compost, but rather as a conditioner to be dug in with existing soil.”
Garden waste placed in green bins is collected weekly for composting. Food waste is also collected weekly in Council-issued green kitchen caddies or green garden waste wheeled bins (if subscribed to the garden waste service). Non-recyclable waste is collected fortnightly in Council-issued grey wheeled bins or beige bin bags. Paper, rigid mixed plastics, glass, cans/tins, card and cardboard are collected fortnightly for recycling if placed in the appropriate Council-issued boxes and sacks. For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.