Sign up for half price garden waste collections

From 1 December, all residents can sign up for the garden collection service until the end of June 2012 for only £30.

Over 3,170 customers signed up to the scheme launched this summer, to receive collections every fortnight without having to contact the council each time.

The new chargeable service makes collection easy, and offers reassurance that their garden waste is recycled into compost. The service is usually £65 for a full year and £50 for pensioners or those in receipt of qualifying benefits. Residents who sign up will be provided with a 240-litre brown wheeled bin. Paper sacks with a 75 litre capacity are also available for residents with little or no storage space at the front of their property.

One of the first residents to sign up to the scheme was Morden pensioner Mr Brice. He said: ‘I am really pleased with my garden waste collection. I would definitely recommend the service to others. I joined as I found it difficult to take my waste to the household reuse and recycling centre. In addition to that, all the garden clippings made a mess in my car. This service is a lot more convenient for me. I will definitely be signing up again next year.”

Councillor Andrew Judge, cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration said: “The large numbers of customers signed up shows that this is a valued service for our residents. Now is a great time for residents to sign up for the rest of the year and take the stress out of their garden waste collection.”

Residents can sign up to the scheme by calling the waste helpline on 020 8274 4902 or visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/gardenwaste for further information.

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Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654