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Garden Waste Collection Service - have you subscribed?

Last Modified March 18, 2024

Our Garden Waste Collection Service subscription form is live – have you signed up?

From April 2024, Hertsmere Borough Council will only collect from households that have signed up to the service and have a Garden Waste Collection Service sticker displayed on their green bin.

The first year’s subscription is completely free, this means nobody will pay for a green waste collection before April 2025, which will coincide with our new weekly food waste collections.

Cllr Paul Richards, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability and Net Zero and Public Health, said: “Since we announced plans to improve our waste and recycling service to increase recycling rates, reduce avoidable waste and further meet our environmental commitments, the government announced the Simpler Recycling plan. Our early anticipation of the requirements of that plan, has enabled us to access funds that allow us to eliminate the first year of costs to local residents.

“Residents need to sign up to the Garden Waste Collection Service to have their green bin collected from April 2024. Charges to garden waste collections will start in April 2025 and coincide with our new weekly food waste collection service. Signing up this year will not automatically commit residents to an ongoing subscription. We will let you know in good time of any charges prior to the new subscription year starting.

“We appreciate this is a change for our residents, so for households that haven't had time to subscribe or have not received their Garden Waste Collection Service sticker, our waste crews will collect all green bins until the end of May 2024. After this date only households subscribed and displaying a sticker will have their green bin collected.”

Our ambitious new plans will provide residents with a cleaner and greener recycling service, which will divert over 3,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year.

Food waste is the most common contaminant of the council’s dry recycling service and currently accounts for about 27% of waste found in the black bin. Residents can place food waste in their garden waste bin until the introduction of the the new food waste collection in 2025.

Cllr Richards added: “We know our residents want to recycle more and make better use of our natural resources, which these changes will help them to achieve.”

To subscribe to the Garden Waste Collection Service visit our Garden Waste page.

Find out more about recycling in Hertsmere.

Posted on Thursday 14th March 2024

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