Flourishing garden waste scheme helps gardeners and environment

23 March 2016

Garden waste recycling services in Newark and Sherwood are expanding from April 1 with every suitable household in the district now able to request a brown bin.

The £30-a-year collection service has been a runaway success for the council enabling it to raise its recycling rate while providing a convenient, eco-friendly and low-cost solution for households.

Waste management operative Paul Froud and driver Martin Chapman try out the new lorry.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s service will now cover the north east of the district for the first time. The delivery of the brown bins has already started, giving time for residents to fill them before collections start on Friday April 1. Bins will be collected fortnightly over the year, except for December, January and February when they are collected monthly.

Mr Andy Statham, Director – Community at Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “The scheme has done even better than we’d hoped with thousands of households having signed up across the district.”

The scheme started as a joint operation with Mansfield District Council collecting brown bins on Newark and Sherwood’s behalf from parts of the district in 2013. Rushcliffe Borough Council also joined the operation in March 2014 to cover areas closer to their borders to the south and west of the district.

Newark and Sherwood’s own brown bin collections have increased to cover the remaining areas and more than 2,000 households have now signed up. This is in addition to nearly 3,000 collected by Rushcliffe and around 4,100 collected by Mansfield within Newark and Sherwood. Any household in the district with a garden and space to store a brown bin can apply.

In 2014/15, between the three authorities, a total of 1,680.12 tonnes of garden waste was collected.  This increase meant that the council was the only Nottinghamshire authority to increase its recycling rate last year.  “We’ve come from zero to this figure within two years, which is a very pleasing result,” said Mr Statham.

If sent to landfill, the garden waste decomposes without oxygen and produces the greenhouse gas methane. By converting the waste to compost, the scheme helps reduce greenhouses gases while at the same time producing a valuable resource for farmers and gardeners.

“With all three parts of the scheme continuing to grow in popularity, we hope that the garden waste contribution to the recycling rate will be even more significant. This will help to slowly grow the council’s recycling rate towards 30 per cent from the current 27%,” said Mr Statham.

“Our elected members made a manifesto commitment to expand this service and it’s been done. We have purchased a new £114,000 vehicle and created two new jobs for a driver and an operative.”

The schemes are administered by Rushcliffe Borough Council so if you want to sign up visit the Rushcliffe garden waste webpage or call 0115 981 9911.  

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