Free garden waste service is blossoming

Cullercoats resident Gill Hedley in her garden.
Cullercoats resident Gill Hedley in her garden.
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A free garden waste service is blossoming, new figures have revealed.

In one weekend, North Tyneside Council’s service collected 383 tonnes of garden waste – the highest for one collection in two years – taking the total up to 3,700 tonnes for 2016.

Emptied fortnightly from March until November, materials collected from the bins include dead flowers, leaves, weeds and cuttings from grass, shrubs and small trees.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “These results show just how popular the service is.

“It’s great to know that so many people are out in their gardens, taking pride of their outdoor spaces and helping to keep their neighbourhoods attractive and well-maintained.

“Our teams are also working hard to maintain the high environmental standards usually found across the borough. Unfortunately, the mix of warm and wet weather has created the ideal growing conditions for weeds, but we’re busy eliminating them and I’d like to thank residents for their patience as we do so.”

All materials collected in the garden waste bins are recycled into compost. For those wishing to compost at home, the council has teamed up with Getcomposting.com to offer a subsidised price on home composting bins.

The deal applies to both the 220 litre compost converter, which is now just £12, and the 330 litre version, now, just £15.

Visit www.getcomposting.com for more information.

For more information about garden waste and collection days in your area, visit the council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk