Published on 9th May 2013

grass cuttings; hedge and shrub clippings; leaves, twigs and bark; plants, flowers and weeds; windfall fruit; small branches

As the sun continues to shine, residents are reminded that they can recycle their garden waste easily through the council’s fortnightly garden waste collection service.

On signing up, residents are issued with a 240 litre brown wheeled bin for their garden waste recycling which can be filled with grass cuttings, hedge and shrub cuttings, leaves, twigs, bark, plants, flowers, weeds and windfall fruit.

New customers signing up to Cheltenham Borough Council’s garden waste service will receive 14 months’ subscription for the price of 12, at a cost of £36 and this offer has now been extended until the end of June 2013. Existing customers who renew their subscription before the renewal date will continue to receive a £2 discount, so they will pay £34 for the year instead of the usual £36 - those 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 important that we recognise the need keep organic waste out of landfill so that it doesn’t produce harmful substances which damage the environment such as methane gas. All the garden waste that we collect is composted and re-used as a soil improver. It also saves using fuel compared to disposing of your waste at a disposal site.’’

Read more details about how to sign up to the scheme and see answers to frequently asked questions about the garden waste service, email [email protected] or call our Customer Service Team on 01242 262626.

For press enquiries, 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.