Published on 1st March 2011

The new brown bin scheme for garden waste in Cheltenham has already proven to be very popular with over 6,500 households signing up to date.

The launch of the new garden waste scheme has prompted residents to think more widely about their recycling habits, and the council has received more requests for extra kerbside boxes than ever before. The council is currently waiting for another delivery to help meet this current demand for green boxes.

Cabinet member for sustainability, Councillor Roger Whyborn, said: "We are really pleased that so many people have signed up for our garden waste scheme. The numbers are higher than we expected considering the time of year when people are only just getting back out into their gardens after the winter, and we are working hard to ensure that the brown bins are promptly delivered to those who have signed up.

"We are also delighted with the increase in demand for our green kerbside boxes. We are waiting for another delivery and would like to ask residents to be patient if there is a delay in them receiving any new boxes they have ordered.

"The high volume of requests for both of these schemes is incredibly positive as it demonstrates that Cheltenham residents are committed to recycling as much of their household waste as possible."

For more information on the council's waste and recycling schemes, including the new food waste scheme which starts in April, call 01242 264244.

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