Extra brown bin collections to be trialled in Northamptonshire

Extra brown bin collections are to be trialled in Wellingborough

Extra brown bin collections are to be trialled in Wellingborough

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Wellingborough Council will collect garden waste for one extra month this year due to popular demand for the service.

The fortnightly brown bin collections will continue into November, before stopping until the spring.

We’ve agreed to run a trial to see if we collect enough garden waste to make it cost effective

Previously, the collections stopped in October.

Residents requested more collections following the last few years of milder autumn weather, which meant that gardeners needed to dispose of leaves and grass cuttings until later into the year.

The council agreed that a trial would be run this year to see if an extended collection season could be cost effective.

Council leader, Cllr Paul Bell, said: “We made the decision a few years ago to reduce our brown bin collection season from twelve months to eight, as we had to save costs.

“It’s not something we have to provide free of charge but we wanted to keep doing it as it’s a valuable service.

“Reducing the number of collections was a good compromise.

“When we cut back the number of collections we looked at tonnages collected throughout the months in previous years, and decided to collect garden waste only between March and October, as that was when we collected the most.

“Since making that decision we’ve had particularly mild autumns and we’ve had a lot of requests for the season to continue into November.

“This does have a cost attached to it, but we’ve agreed to run a trial this year to see if we collect enough garden waste to make it cost effective.

“If it is successful we will look at the collection season again and consider a number of options.

“We do however have to be aware that there is increasing pressure to save money and therefore this is very much a one-off this year.”

The last garden waste collections for the year will be the week of Tuesday, November 17, for residents that put their brown bins out with their green bins, and the week of Tuesday, November 24, for residents that put them out with their black bins. Collections will then pause until March 2016.

Black and green bins will be collected fortnightly as usual throughout the winter, although there will be special arrangements in place for the Christmas period.

Full details and more information are on the council’s website at www.wellingborough.gov.uk.

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