Published on 1st April 2013

garden waste grass cuttings

Now that British summer time is here, residents are being reminded to recycle their garden waste through the council’s garden waste scheme.

Residents are issued with a 240 litre brown wheeled bin for their garden waste which will be emptied fortnightly. Grass cuttings, hedge and shrub cuttings, leaves, twigs, bark, plants, flowers, weeds and windfall fruit can all go into the bin.

New customers signing up to Cheltenham Borough Council’s garden waste service will receive 14 months’ subscription for the price of 12, costing £36.  Existing customers who renew their subscription before the renewal date will receive a £2 discount, so they will pay £34 for the year instead of the usual £36. Customers will be contacted before their renewal date to be reminded of the offer.

Councillor Roger Whyborn, cabinet member for sustainability said:  ‘’I would encourage residents to take part in the scheme.  It’s vital that we all recognise the importance of keeping waste out of landfill so that it doesn’t produce harmful substances which damage the environment.  All the garden waste that we collect is composted and re-used as a soil conditioner.’’

Sign up to the scheme

For details about how to sign up to the scheme and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the garden waste webpages, email [email protected] or call 01242 262626.

Contact: Katie Sandey, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email: [email protected]

Residents can sign up to the new service:
1. By telephone - please call 01242 262626, and have your debit/credit card ready for payment
2. In person - you can pay by cash, cheque or credit/debit card at the Municipal Offices reception on the Promenade
3. Pay online - use our online form
4. By post - Please print and complete the application form. Send the form, together with a cheque payable to Cheltenham Borough Council, to:
                  Cheltenham Borough Council
                  Municipal Offices
                  GL50 9SA

The brown bin is entirely optional and residents can still take their garden waste to the Swindon Road recycling centre, or compost it at home if they do not wish to sign up to the scheme.