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Garden waste recycling scheme kicks off - and thousands have already signed up

Residents can sign up for the service which costs £40 a year

A new garden waste recycling service kicked off this weekend, with nearly 2,000 residents having already signed up.

Calderdale Council is working with waste contractor SUEZ, and offering a new opt-in service for people wanting garden waste collected from home.

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Bins are being delivered so the first collections started on Saturday, and leaflets showing dates for the rest of the year are being delivered with the bins.

Council acting director of economy and environment, Mark Thompson, said: “We’re really pleased that so many residents have signed up so far.

“This is the first step in a number of improvements to our waste and recycling services this year, as part of our new contract with SUEZ. Calderdale is already in the top 10 for recycling rates in England, but we want to help people recycle even more.”

The cost of the service is £40 a year, which includes a green wheelie bin and fortnightly collections on Saturdays between March and November. Residents can share a subscription with friends or neighbours to spread the cost, but subscription must be registered and collected from one householder.

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Most general garden waste products can be collected, including grass cuttings, leaves and hedge trimmings, but not plant pots, soil, rubble or garden equipment. For properties which aren’t suitable for a wheelie bin, a sack collection will be introduced.

The service is optional, and garden waste can still be taken to household waste recycling centres or be composted at home.



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