Published: Monday, 20th November 2017

Green fingered residents across Harrogate district can now sign up to have their garden waste collected from outside their homes as the council expands its successful garden waste collection service.

Until now, the garden waste collection service has only been available to approximately two-thirds of homes in the district.

Consultation with residents revealed strong demand to extend the service. To do this, the council has made the service optional, with residents who wish to have their garden waste collected paying a small annual subscription. Over 26,000 households have so far subscribed to the service.

The service will now be expanded for the 2018 season to include households who have until now been unable to take advantage of the scheme, offering a simple cost effective way to dispose of garden waste without having to take it to a household waste recycling centre.

Registration is now open for the 2018 season and residents are encouraged to sign up by 31 December 2017 to ensure their garden waste licence arrives before the season starts. This will also allow the council to establish collection routes for the new season and ensure every customer gets their new garden waste bin.

In 2018 the fortnightly garden waste collection service will run from mid-March until the end of November (19 collections), with a winter break in December, January and February when no collections take place. The cost for the 2018 garden waste licence is £39 (around £2 per collection). If they do not already have them, the council will provide households with a garden waste wheelie bin or re-usable sacks, depending upon the location or type of property.

Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council said: “Until now a large proportion of residents have been unable to receive the service, even though they would like to. I am pleased that from March they will be able to have their garden waste collected from outside their home.

“Residents will no longer have to load their cars with hedge clippings and grass cuttings. They will not have to queue in traffic to get to the tip sometimes with several car or trailer loads. They will not have to hoover up bits of garden clippings from their cars. They simply need to put the garden waste in the wheeled bin provided by the council and job done. And all for £2 a collection.

“As well as having their own bin, residents can choose to share their bin with a neighbour where the waste produced is not enough to justify two bins. If they have a big garden they can request more bins. It is a really flexible service.

“It is a great deal and all the garden waste is recycled to make compost. I have signed up already and I urge residents to sign up for the scheme.”

Residents can subscribe to the service by visiting www.harrogate.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by contacting the council's customer services team on 01423 500600.

The last collections for the 2017 season will take place in the weeks commencing 27 November and 4 December 2017. Residents can check their collection dates at www.harrogate.gov.uk/inmyarea

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