Free Brown Bins are back

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MANSFIELD District Council’s Brown bin garden waste collections restarted this week after the winter break - with the authority pointing out that it is now the only authority in Nottinghamshire to provide a free garden waste collection service to its residents.

For residents who put their brown bin out on a blue bin week, collections began week commencing Monday 7th March.

For residents who put their brown bin out on a green bin week, collections will begin week commencing Monday 14th March. Collection days are the same as in 2010.

The brown bin service is provided free of charge to 36,000 households in the Mansfield district, covering almost 80% of properties with gardens. All the garden waste collected is composted and re-used on local farmland.

The authority says that the brown bin service contributed to Mansfield district achieving a 38.5% recycling rate in 2009/10. In 2002/03, Mansfield’s recycling rate was just 4.5%

The Council is keen to expand the brown bin service to the remaining 20% of residents in the future and will begin public consultation this year on how this could be achieved.

Coun Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council said: “The brown bin service is very popular and we are grateful to residents for recycling their garden waste and helping the Council make Mansfield greener.

“We are proud of the service - and the recycling rate it helps us achieve – but we are mindful that one in five homes in the district do not have access to it. We are very keen to address this, albeit with the shrinking resources we have available.”

Full details about brown bin collections, including what you should put in your bin, can be found at www.mansfield.gov.uk/brownbin