Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Green Waste Service

Sign up now for Green Waste service - still only £30 per year!
Cotswold District Council is encouraging residents to contribute to the authority’s excellent waste recycling record by subscribing to the weekly chargeable garden waste service.
The tenth year of service starts on Monday 3 April and CDC is urging existing subscribers to sign up again while hoping that even more householders will follow suit. Everyone who participates will help contribute to the Council’s impressive recycling/composting rate of almost 60% - the best in Gloucestershire.
To sign up for this service, please visit www.cotswold.gov.uk or contact the Council’s waste hotline on 01285 623123.
Subscribers to the service for 2017-18 will pay £30 for a licence, enabling them to place garden waste in a green wheeled bin which is emptied every week by crews from Ubico Ltd, the Council’s waste service provider. Residents paying the fee will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin. Additional licences can be purchased for a further £30. 
Alternatively, those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, can purchase 50 compostable brown paper garden waste bags for £30 (available from the Council’s Trinity Road offices or at the Moreton Area Centre) and they will be picked up weekly.
Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit are entitled to a 50% discount on the price of a green waste licence.
Cllr Sue Coakley, Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, hopes that there will be a good take-up of licences: 
"People in the Cotswolds take a real pride in the District and this is borne out by their positive attitude towards recycling. The green waste service has always been very well supported and it would be excellent if even more residents could sign up this year.  We have frozen the price at £30 yet again and this is really good value for money. 
DID YOU KNOW?
All the food and green waste we collect in the Cotswolds is converted to over 242,000 bags of soil enhancer every year!
Garden and food waste, collected through the green bin scheme, is composted on a farm in the north west of the county, and is used to manufacture commercially available soil enhancer.  This is available to purchase from all Household Recycling Centres, including Fosse Cross, at £3.50 for a 40 litre sack. The quality of the material is so good that it should not be used directly as compost, but rather as a conditioner to be dug in with existing soil.

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