Residents urged to sign up to Mansfield garden waste scheme

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Garden waste services in Mansfield are set to start up again in the coming months, the district council has announced.

Information on how to sign up for the scheme, which starts on 1st April, will be sent to householders with their council tax bill in March.

If you already subscribe to the service, you should receive an invoice shortly, requesting payment.

Once your payment has cleared, you will be sent a sticker, which must be placed on your brown bin.

Crews will not empty any bins unless they are displaying a current sticker.

It can take up to 10 working days for the sticker to arrive once payment has been cleared so people need to make sure they register by Friday, 13th March to ensure you receive the service from 1st April.

People will get a brown bin and an all year-round garden waste collection every two weeks from March to November and monthly from December to February.

The annual cost of the service is £25, even if a resident join partway through the year – so they must join now to get the most out of the service.

You can use the bin to recycle grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, small branches and twigs, plants and weeds, and cut flowers.

If you do not already receive the service, but would like to sign up for 2015/2016, call 01623 463463 or apply online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Residents who do not want the service, but still have a brown bin, are asked to call 01623 463463 so we can arrange for the brown bin to be taken away.

Portfolio Holder for the environment, Coun Phil Shields, said: “We would encourage everyone to make use of our excellent Garden Waste Collection Service, which enables people to have their garden waste removed from their doorstep without the fuss and mess of going to the tip. This is an all year-round service, which not only saves you time and effort, but reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill and the amount of greenhouse gases produced.”

From April to December last year, 5,792 tonnes of compostable garden waste was collected in Mansfield district.