Council’s garden waste offer

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RESIDENTS in Amber Valley who want to take advantage of the new free Garden Waste collection service are being urged to order their bin in time for the start of the new season in April 2013.

It follows a surge in interest from residents to join the scheme after details of the new service were announced to the public this month.

People who pay for and order delivery of their bin before the 17 December 2012 deadline will receive a dedicated 240 litre bin to collect their dead flowers and plants, garden weeds, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves and small twigs and branches in time for the new season. The free collection service will run throughout the year, except during the winter months of December, January and February.

People will have to pay a small one-off charge of £20 to cover the cost of providing and delivering a new bin to receive the collection service for free when it starts. Those who have been subscribing £40 per year for a garden waste service over the last few years, and therefore already have a wheeled bin, will not be asked to pay a delivery charge, and they will receive the free collection service.

Residents who want to order a bin can…

Order and pay securely online at www.ambervalley.gov.uk;

Pay over the phone: 01773 841308 Mon to Fri 9am - 4.30pm & Wed 10am - 4.30pm;

Or call into their nearest town centre office in Alfreton, Belper, Heanor or Ripley Mon to Fri 9am - 4.30pm & Wed 9am - 1.30pm.

Julian Townsend, Executive Director of Environmental Services said: “The early surge in interest from residents to join the scheme reflects the views obtained from a survey we carried out earlier this year, which suggested there was a demand for a separate bin to collect garden waste for free on a fortnightly basis. I would urge people to make the most of this window of opportunity and to order their bin before the deadline.”

For further information visit www.ambervalley.gov.uk