Gardeners can go green from their doorstep

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MANY keen gardeners across Northumberland who have not already done so can have their green waste collected outside their home.

The county council’s service costs £22 for each 240-litre wheeled bin used for fortnightly collections from March to November.

All the suitable items collected are delivered to one of three on-farm composting facilities. The compost is then used as a soil improver on agricultural land, sold for use in restoration projects and horticulture, or bagged and sold at the Household Waste Recovery Centres.

New customers are welcome in areas where waste is collected and all residents who used the service last year have been sent a letter inviting them to take part again. Extra bins can be rented if required.

Coun Alan Thompson, executive member responsible for waste collection at Northumberland County Council, said: “Our recycling rates across the county improve year on year and this initiative is set to continue that trend with the enthusiastic support of the many thousands of keen gardeners who contribute to Northumberland’s green agenda.

“For anyone not already involved I would urge them to consider participating in a project that contributes to a better quality of life for all of us.”

Through the garden waste service, residents can dispose of leaves, grass, hedge and tree cuttings, and similar materials. Woody items must be less than 10cm in diameter.

Anyone who pays for the service online before the end March will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of 10 prizes of £20 worth of vouchers.

Those interested in signing up should contact customer services on 0845 6006400 to see if their address can be included as soon as possible. If people don’t sign up for it or don’t live in an area where it is collected, they can take all of their green waste to their local Household Waste Recovery Centre.

For more information, visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/gardenwaste