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Spring time start for Council's new garden waste scheme

Mansfield District Council will be implementing its new garden waste (brown bin) scheme from 1 April 2012. There has been a delay in the launch of our on-line customer self service payment system for which we apologise. We anticipate having this facility available shortly. This delay needn't stop you signing up to the scheme, over 9,000 residents have already done so using one of the three payment options shown later in this feature, so please read on.

As part of the new scheme, collections will be introduced on a monthly basis during winter (November to February) and will continue to be collected fortnightly for the rest of the year.

However, in order to maintain the scheme and roll it out to the 6,500 households who have previously not been able to access it, a charge of £25 per year will be introduced, which is less than 50p a week.

Leaflets are being distributed to all households who have already had the service. It will detail how to sign up to the scheme, which can be done in one of three ways:

  • Call 01623 463 463 and pay by debit or credit card,
  • Pay by cash, debit or credit card at the Civic Centre Cash Office
  • Pay by cheque, made payable to Mansfield District Council, and post with the completed tear off slip on the leaflet to Mansfield District Council, Hermitage Lane Depot, Maunside, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 5GU.

Once a payment has been made, a sticker for your bin will be issued, along with details of scheduled collection dates. The scheme runs from 1 April to 31 March and the cost is still £25 even if you join part-way through the year.

Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: "In order to maintain the scheme in the current financial climate and roll it out to the 6,500 households who have previously not been able to access it, we have taken the difficult decision to introduce a charge for the service. We have been forced to make this decision due to increasing financial pressures and the need to fill a budget gap of £3.4million this year.

"The charge of £25 is in line with other Council's who also charge for this non-statutory service and still applies even if you join part way through the year. I would advise people to join up at the start of the scheme to get the most out of the service."

If you do not want the service please contact the Council to arrange for your brown bin to be collected either by calling 01623 463 463 or by completing the online form at www.mansfield.gov.uk/gardenwasteoptout

The 6,500 households that have not previously been able to access the service will be sent information within the next few weeks, with information of how they can sign up.

An alternative way to get rid of garden waste is home composting. This is an effective way of transforming your kitchen and garden waste into a rich compost. For a low cost compost bin please call 08445 714 444 or order online at www.getcomposting.com

You can also get rid of your garden waste at household recycling centres, which are located at Kestral Road, off Hermitage Lane, Mansfield or at Oakfield Lane, Warsop.

Published 13 February 2012

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