The council service that collects Croydon residents’ seasonal garden waste for an annual fee is extended from this week under a new year-round timetable.
In 2016 Croydon Council launched a scheme where over 15,000 residents paid for a 240-litre brown bin they could fill with grass cuttings or branches for regular collection between April and November.
The council has since extended this to 26 fortnightly collections all year round, and these started yesterday with around 7,000 households due to have their green garden waste bins collected this week alone.
Each bin in the new garden waste service costs £61.50 per year, up from £60 last year. The service operates on a 12-month rolling basis, meaning residents can join at any point in the year and renew annually.
Steve Iles, the council’s director of streets, said: “Last year’s £60 bin was available to householders for 16 green garden waste collections from April to November. Now, for £1.50 extra, council contractors will collect your green garden waste bin 26 times all throughout the year.”
Once collected, the green garden waste is taken to one of seven industrial composting facilities in southern England and turned into high-quality compost which farmers use to fertilise their crops.
Residents have the alternatives of home composting or taking their waste to the borough’s household recycling centres.
To find out how to register for the green garden waste service and for more information, visit the council website.