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The end of an era for green waste collections

Swindon Advertiser: Green waste collections are ending, and being replaced with a new optional, paid-for service Green waste collections are ending, and being replaced with a new optional, paid-for service

HOUSEHOLDS are reminded the current green waste collection service will soon end and be replaced with the new optional, paid-for service.

The changes mean residents’ final green waste collection date under the four-bag limit service will be made on the usual day between Monday, March 17, and Friday, March 28.

Households were informed of the changes in January and a reminder is going out this week in the annual council tax bills.

Residents are asked not to put out bags of green waste after their final collection date, as they will no longer be picked up.

Replacing the current service, the optional and paid-for service begins on March 31. Time is running out to register in time for the start of the service; residents need to sign up by Friday to guarantee receiving their wheelie bin, or supply of bags, ready for the first collection round.

The service costs £40 annually for a fortnightly collection throughout the year, except two weeks at Christmas, which is equivalent to £1.60 per collection, and so far more than 4,500 households have signed up. It includes a wheelie bin (or annual supply of bags for households the council considers unsuitable for a wheelie bin).

To register, call 01793 445501 or go online at www.swindon.gov.uk/greenwaste More information about the changes is available at www.swindon.gov.uk/recycling

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12:21pm Wed 12 Mar 14

fuzzey says...

I find it ridiculous to quote 1 60 per collection for this service.who puts out green waste through all these winter months ??if you take 5 months of summer it is 10 collections .making it 4 pounds per collection.about the same as 4 green bags at 1 pound each as it used to be .also if i have it correct the residents who will get the bags instead of wheelie bins will get the100 sacks??? This is brilliant can share with all the neighbours ?council having to provide each year (must cost a bit ?)where as the green bins are a one off . Can i please have green sacks ???
I find it ridiculous to quote 1 60 per collection for this service.who puts out green waste through all these winter months ??if you take 5 months of summer it is 10 collections .making it 4 pounds per collection.about the same as 4 green bags at 1 pound each as it used to be .also if i have it correct the residents who will get the bags instead of wheelie bins will get the100 sacks??? This is brilliant can share with all the neighbours ?council having to provide each year (must cost a bit ?)where as the green bins are a one off . Can i please have green sacks ??? fuzzey
  • Score: 7

1:43pm Wed 12 Mar 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Didn't they need something like 16000 households to sign up to even make the scheme viable.

If only 4500 have signed up, then clearly a lot of people (myself included) have put 2 fingers up to the council and their changes, although I expect it to be declared a successful initiative by those who can't accept otherwise.
Didn't they need something like 16000 households to sign up to even make the scheme viable. If only 4500 have signed up, then clearly a lot of people (myself included) have put 2 fingers up to the council and their changes, although I expect it to be declared a successful initiative by those who can't accept otherwise. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 9

11:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

NorthernWarrior says...

Well you can buy a jumbo re-useable green bag from Amazon for just over a tenner and the tip is less than two miles, so a bit of a no brainer really for ten times a year!
Well you can buy a jumbo re-useable green bag from Amazon for just over a tenner and the tip is less than two miles, so a bit of a no brainer really for ten times a year! NorthernWarrior
  • Score: -1

11:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Eastern Badger says...

Absolute farce and hope the Advertiser are following D-Day too see when it's proven as another massive financial foul up - and who is responsible at SBC? Nobody as usual?
Absolute farce and hope the Advertiser are following D-Day too see when it's proven as another massive financial foul up - and who is responsible at SBC? Nobody as usual? Eastern Badger
  • Score: 5

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