Mansfield District Council to extend garden waste collection service

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Mansfield District Council is extending its garden waste collection service to areas of Newark and Sherwood, as part of a pilot scheme.

Leaflets will be sent out this week to homes in Blidworth, Rainworth, Clipstone, Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Boughton and Southwell inviting people to sign up for the service. The cost for the service is £30 a year for the use of a brown bin and an all year-round collection service - every two weeks from March to November and monthly during December to February.

The pilot scheme has been set up, following the results of a survey undertaken in November 2012, in which residents in parts of Newark and Sherwood were asked if they would be interested in taking up a garden waste service. 75% of respondents expressed an interest in joining the scheme.

The pilot scheme will start on 1 April 2013. It is important that everyone who previously expressed an interest in joining the scheme now signs up to ensure the scheme can go ahead.

The service allows residents to recycle their garden waste including grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, small branches and twigs, plants, weeds and cut flowers.

Compostable garden waste makes up approximately 32% of the contents of a typical refuse bin. Unfortunately, all the waste that goes into the green residual waste bins is buried in landfill. Mansfield District Council provides a chargeable garden waste service to enable its residents to separate their compostable garden waste which helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases produced.

Coun Philip Shields, portfolio holder for the environment at Mansfield District Council, said: “We already offer this excellent service to Mansfield residents and it is a huge success with more than 18,000 households signed up. We want to encourage residents in Newark and Sherwood to take up this scheme, which means that people can have their garden waste collected from their doorstep with no mess and no fuss.”

Coun Nora Armstrong, cabinet member for clean and green at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mansfield District Council to offer this service to communities in our district. There are many keen gardeners in our district who will find this service very useful I am sure.

“We want as many people as possible to get involved and help this get off the ground – those who have shown an interest need to follow it through and sign up so we can really make this work.

“By entering into this partnership, the council is helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by increasing what we re-use and recycle.”

If you live in any of the areas mentioned in Newark and Sherwood and would like to sign up to the service call 01623 463 716 or return the leaflet with a cheque for £30.