More than 35,000 residents have signed up for the Wealden District Council garden waste collection service.

The total number of households across the district who have opted in to have their garden waste collected every fortnight for the next year is 35,062 with nearly 2,000 having more than one bin.

Up to 2,000 tonnes of garden waste have been collected each month over the summer through the scheme.

Garden waste collected from the kerbside in Wealden is composted locally at the Woodlands Composting Plant, Whitesmith, and turned into a quality soil conditioner. 

Councillor Roy Galley, the waste management portfolio holder at the council, said, “I am delighted we now have 35,000 subscribers to the garden waste collection service here in Wealden. This is a great achievement but let’s not rest on our laurels.

“Garden waste tonnages are still high and as we enter autumn with leaf fall we are likely to see strong demand from existing and new customers.

“I would like to thank all those residents who have signed up to the service and remind others who haven’t that they can sign up at any time via our website.

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      “There are many benefits of the garden waste collection scheme – it creates high quality compost and more importantly, reduces the waste going to landfill sites.”

      Residents can sign up to the garden waste collection service – which costs £55 for the year and a pro-rata charge applies for registrations made part way through the subscription year – by visiting https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/garden-waste-service/

Households can select from two sizes of bin and can have up to four bins at an annual cost of £55 each bin.