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2014-15 garden waste collection suspended in worst of winter months

Harrogate Borough Council’s garden waste collection service is being suspended over the coldest winter months.

Statistics show that just nine per cent of the year’s total garden waste which is sent for composting is collected between December and February.

The very last garden waste collection will be made between 1 and 12 December 2014 depending on which week the garden waste is due to be collected. The service will recommence between16 and 23 March 2015 depending on which is the resident’s green week day.

The council’s website has a look up facility via the “My Area link” on the home page which will show resident’s bin collection weeks.

Councillor Phil Ireland, the council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Transport and External Affairs said: “Over the last twelve months Harrogate Borough Council has worked extremely hard to improve our waste and recycling service. Recycling and composting rates between 1 April and 30 June 2014 exceeded 47% – a record for the district. We have also achieved savings to the tax payer of over £725,000 this year.

Our green waste collection service has proven to be extremely popular, however between December and February there is a significant drop in demand as people do less gardening. The suspension of this service is a sensible option as it doesn’t make economic sense to continue over this period.

Residents who wish to dispose of their green waste can still recycle it by taking it to one of the civic amenity sites in Harrogate and Ripon. I would like to thank our residents for all their efforts to recycle more.

All households with a garden waste bins should start putting them out again as part of their normal recycling collection week starting 16 March or 23 March 2015.

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