COUNCIL chiefs in Mansfield say more people than they expected have signed up to their brown bin collection scheme.
New figures show 14,500 residents have agreed to pay £25 per year to take part in the garden waste initiative, which began on 1st April.
This is around 39 per cent of the 37,000 households which were asked if they wanted to pay for the service.
A total of 4,250 residents have contacted Mansfield District Council to say they do not want to take part.
Coun Philip Shields, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The level of take-up has exceeded our expectations and surpassed the target we had hoped to see for the year.”
Although 1,233 bins have been picked up from residents who have opted out, Coun Shields admits many remain uncollected “and these will be collected as soon as possible”.
He added: “Interestingly we have seen a number of people who initially chose to not have the service, change their minds and then sign up.
“I’d encourage residents who have not yet registered for garden waste collections and wish to do so, to contact us now to get the most out of this service.”
The new policy was confirmed in January after the council set its budget to plug a funding gap of £3.4m. It proved controversial with some residents objecting to the charge for a previously free service.
l Households can contact Mansfield 463463 and pay by debit or credit card, by cash, debit or credit card at the Civic Centre cash office, by cheque, made payable to Mansfield District Council, and posted with the completed tear off slip on the leaflet to Mansfield District Council, Hermitage Lane Depot, Maunside, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 5GU.
The scheme runs from 1st April to 31st March and the cost is £25 even if you join part-way through the year.
If you do not want the service contact 463463 or complete the form at www.mansfield.gov.uk/gardenwasteoptout