Swindon Borough Council is asking residents to be reasonable with the amount of green waste they leave out for collection following a surge in demand last year.
Due to the very wet weather, the council was unable to cope with the huge amounts of green waste for collection. Some households left more than a dozen bags out, which meant the vans filled up much faster and other residents missed out on their collections.
Following a review, the council is introducing a limit to the service and households are urged not to exceed four bags per fortnightly collection.
The proposal was voted through at a Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday, March 20 but will not be implemented until next month, so residents can make alternative arrangements if necessary before the changes take effect from Wednesday, May 1.
Household Waste Recycling Centre is open every day
People can get rid of their green waste immediately by taking it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, which is open all day every day (except the Christmas and New Year bank holidays). Households generating more than four bags of green waste will need to use this facility. Residents are also reminded that composting is a good way to manage green waste in their own garden.
Cllr Richard Hurley, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Housing and StreetSmart, said: “We want to offer a green waste collection service that is as fair as possible for everyone. Due to budget pressures, it is not possible to increase the service so we are appealing for people to be reasonable with the amount they leave out for collection.
“Last year the extremely wet weather pushed our service to breaking point and we simply couldn’t keep up with the demand. Hopefully there won’t be as much rain this year so there won’t be such an issue, but we are putting these sensible limits of four bags per household in place just in case and to make it a fairer service for all. We are appealing to people’s reasonable nature. Fly-tipping is definitely not an alternative disposal option and there will be robust enforcement to tackle offenders.
“We have an excellent recycling centre that is open between 8am and 8pm in the summer months and there is no limit to the amount of green waste and other recyclables you can take there. You can even use the webcam on the Council’s website, www.swindon.gov.uk/recyclingwebcam to see how busy the centre is before you go.”
The limit will not apply to green waste generated by residents who are trimming back or cutting grass in communal green spaces. For further details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information see www.swindon.gov.uk/greenwaste
Green waste dos and don’ts
Here’s a quick overview of what you should and shouldn’t do with your green waste…
Grass and hedge clippings, plants and shrubs, weeds, bark, leaves and twigs, and pond plants can all be included in your green waste.
Make sure your green waste sacks are the standard 90litre size. Remember to tie them, without leaving anything sticking out.
Place the bags outside your property at the nearest point to the pavement by 7.30am on your collection day.
Make use of the Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, where you can take unlimited amounts of green waste.
Compost your green waste in your own garden – find out more at www.recyclenow.com/compost
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Please don’t leave out more than four green bags or pile extra green waste on top of your bags.
Don’t include plastic items, such as plant pots, plant trays, plastic compost sacks, plant labels, soil, gravel or pet droppings, newspaper and sawdust.
Avoid overfilling your bags, which may cause them to split.
Don’t make the load too heavy – bags weighing more than 10kg will not be collected.
Don’t pile the bags at the end of the street or outside someone else’s property.
Fly-tipping will not be tolerated and there will be robust enforcement to tackle offenders, who could face hefty fines.