Published January 29, 2018 at 11:02
Residents have until January 31 to sign up for the garden waste collection scheme if they want to receive the full year’s collections.
Over 1,500 residents have now signed up so far this year.
The fortnightly collection runs from March to November and allows people to recycle grass cuttings, leaves, plants, twigs, small branches and hedge clippings.
It was announced in October last year that the collection would be charged at £35 for the year. The move is the result of cuts introduced by central government and the decision by Lancashire County Council to reduce its support for recycling services by more than £500,000.
Residents can still sign up after the January 31 deadline but may not be registered in time for the first set of collections.
Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said:
I’m pleased that so many people have decided to sign up to the garden waste scheme and clearly value this useful service.
While charging for green waste collection is not an ideal situation we unfortunately cannot continue to provide this collection for free. The subscription fee allows us to continue to run it for those that want it.
I would urge people who would like to receive it from March when it starts, to contact us now to register.
Applying online is the fastest and easiest way to sign up.
Alternatively people can return the direct debit form by January 31 or call 01706 217777 to pay by card over the phone (residents can still register after this date but aren’t guaranteed to receive the service from the first collection in early March).