Residents across the whole of the Tendring District are now able to sign up to a new garden waste collection service.
Up until now it has only been available to those living in the Clacton, Frinton, Walton and Kirby areas.
So far around 700 residents have put pen to paper and more than 20 tonnes of garden waste has been collected for recycling.
Nick Turner, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said that he is delighted that the service is now being offered Districtwide.
“The feedback we have had from residents so far has been extremely positive and they are very supportive,” he said.
“It has got off to a great start in selected areas and now it is open to all to sign up and get on board.”
Cllr Turner added that the service is being offered for just £1 per week and it saves on time and fuel by not having to drive to the tip.
“It is environmentally friendly – as there are fewer journeys by residents – and you don’t have to clean the car out afterwards,” he said.
“All in all it makes very good sense and there are so many advantages to dealing with garden waste in this way.”
Cllr Turner emphasised that it is a service which is being offered – and no one has to take it up.
All the green waste collected from homes will be composted.
The 2 year pilot project involves 25 fortnightly collections per year and garden rubbish is collected from wheelie bins.
There is an initial one-off charge of £25 – to include the delivery of the wheelie bin – along with a £50 annual subscription.
The pilot has been discussed with Essex County Council (ECC) and has its backing. ECC has agreed to provide a composting facility for the garden waste for the duration of the trial.
The overall aim is to increase Tendring’s recycling tonnage and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Anyone wanting to sign up should go to TDC’s website, www.tendringdc.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 01255 686877.
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