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Price trim for extra garden waste collections

Lewes District Council has halved the cost of a second garden waste bin to just £35 a year.

The reduction means residents can have 24,000 litres of garden waste collected from their home annually for £105, or just over £2 a week.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Waste and Recycling, said: “Our garden waste service has been hugely popular with over 4,700 households signing up since it was launched in 2015.

“We received a number of enquiries from people asking for a second bin, as well as requests for collections during December and January. We have decided it is fairer for residents to pay less for subsequent bins, and we also now offer garden waste collections throughout the entire year, with the exception of a fortnight at Christmas.

“With all the waste being turned into compost locally, we want people to recycle as much of their garden waste as possible.”

The garden waste service costs £70 per year for one bin, and following this price cut a second or third bin will only cost residents an additional £35.

The offer is available to existing and new customers.

The amount of garden waste collected and recycled by the council almost tripled this summer to a massive 736 tonnes, compared to 249 in summer 2017.

All of it was composted in Beddingham and sold locally.

People also have the option of sharing a bin with their neighbour, or of paying in instalments.

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Published on 29 November, 2018