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5,000 new households sign up for green bins

Garden waste bin awaiting emptying near Carters Corner in the Wealden District Council area. September 9th 2013 E37176P SUS-140320-092549001

Garden waste bin awaiting emptying near Carters Corner in the Wealden District Council area. September 9th 2013 E37176P SUS-140320-092549001

Garden waste collections in Wealden are expanding this spring as more residents sign up – but it will mean some changes to existing rounds.

Kier, Wealden’s waste collection partner, is delivering new brown bins this month to the 5,000 extra households that have signed up for the service.

The firm is having to restructure some garden waste collection rounds, which may affect some residents who already have free garden waste bins. Householders whose collection days are due to change have been sent a letter advising them of their new collection day.

Councillor Rowena Moore, Cabinet member for Customer Services, said, “It is great news that many more residents want to join our garden waste collection scheme for the start of the gardening year.

“With some 48,000 households now taking part it means 73 per cent of all Wealden households are using their garden waste to create compost which can then be used to nourish gardens in the future.

“Many other households also compost their own garden waste at home and this is also an excellent way of reusing resources.”

The new expanded garden waste collections will start on the weeks beginning April 7 or April 14, depending on the fortnightly cycle. Wealden is asking residents to ensure their garden waste bins is put out at the edge of their properties by 7am on the collection day as the collection time may change.

Those households that registered after January 10 will have their bin delivered in the next few months.

They will be sent a garden waste collection calendar and confirmation of the brown bin collection day nearer the time, with collections commencing once the new bin has been delivered.

All garden waste collected from the kerbside in Wealden is composted locally at the Woodlands Composting Plant, Whitesmith, near Hailsham, and turned into a soil conditioner.

Bags of this soil conditioner can be purchased at Wealden’s Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS), the nearest of which is at Swan Barn Lane, Hailsham.

 

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