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New Gosport Garden Waste Club Approved

Published: 8th September 2017 09:19

A new garden waste club will offer Gosport residents greater convenience and environmental benefits. 

Currently residents have to travel to buy special sacks when they want to dispose of their garden waste, but the new scheme will see residents who sign up given a special wheelie bin. 

The new bins will hold four times as much as the current sacks and will be collected once a fortnight. 

The current collection methods require collection vehicles to drive along every road in the borough. The new scheme will be better for the environment as they will only travel to registered homes. There will also be no waste plastic from sacks and recycling rates could increase, as garden waste collections count towards them. 

Residents using garden waste collections for the first time will save time by not needing to travel to the household waste and recycling centre. 

And the new club can help save money for residents who currently buy the special sacks, depending on how regularly they use it. 

It also will also save council taxpayers' money, as it will be more efficient to run. 

Gosport Borough Council's Community Board has approved plans for the new garden waste club, operated by Urbaser, to begin in February. 

A yearly subscription to the service costs £60, but an early bird offer means anyone subscribing before January will pay just £55 for their first year. Reduced rates are available for people joining part-way through the year. The council is investigating a possible monthly direct debit subscription scheme.

Collections will take place between February and October, inclusive, when garden waste collections are most used, and there will also be a special Christmas tree collection during January. 

Collection days will stay the same as they currently are with five different zones in the borough collected on different days. 

Residents will still be able to take any garden waste to the household waste and recycling centre free of charge, and anyone with the current garden waste sacks will be able to keep using them until 23 March. 

Cllr Graham Burgess, Chairman of Gosport Borough Council's Community Board, said: "The new garden waste club will give residents more convenience in getting rid of their garden waste. Instead of having to go to buy special bags they will always have the wheelie bin ready to use."

Details of how to sign up to the garden waste club will be announced by the end of November.

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