Residents are reminded they can now sign up for the new optional green waste collection service – and time is running out to register if you want to be ready for the first collection round.
So far more than 3,600 households have registered for the paid-for service which costs £40 annually for a fortnightly collection, except two weeks at Christmas, and includes a green wheelie bin or supply of bags for properties the council considers unsuitable for a bin.
Although registration is open throughout the year, households need to register by Friday, 14 March in order to guarantee receiving their bin, or supply of bags, in time for when the new service begins from Monday 31 March onwards.
People can sign up by calling: (01793) 445501 or going online at www.swindon.gov.uk/greenwaste
Former railway worker Phil Harman, aged 63, from central Swindon, has already done so and received his green bin.
He said: “As a keen gardener, I’m looking forward to the new service. Obviously no one likes to pay for something new but, having weighed things up, it should be pretty good value and a lot more convenient.
“The bags used previously could be awkward and then there was the hazard of them splitting, which happened a few times, so the bin should make things easier and tidier.
"I was initially worried about the bin potentially being stolen, but have been reassured that each bin is only registered to your specific property so that shouldn’t be an issue. I’ve also labelled it with a marker pen, so am ready for all systems go.”
The launch of the new service means the current four-bag limit service will soon be stopping. Households’ last green waste collection date, under the current system, will be made on the usual day between Monday 17 and Friday 28 March.
Residents are asked not to put out bags of green waste after their final collection date, as these will no longer be picked up.
Cllr Richard Hurley, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Housing and StreetSmart, said; “It is encouraging that registration levels are steadily rising, as the weather gradually improves and our thoughts turn to spring.
We anticipate more people will sign up during the gardening seasons, but residents who want to receive the service from when it begins will need to do so by Friday, March 14.”