Every household in Poole can benefit from the garden waste collection service from outside their home with residents receiving a 30% discount if they sign up before 31 March 2012.
People who register and pay for the green bin collection service before 31 March 2012 will reduce their payment for the first year to only £21.70 for each green bin ordered rather than the standard charge of £31.
Residents who have not had the green bin service will be guaranteed to have their collections start at the beginning of March 2012 provided they sign up for the service by 31 December 2011. People who miss that deadline have until 31 March 2012 to benefit from the 30% discount but will not see the service start until June 2012.
The fortnightly service will run from the beginning of March 2012 to the end of November, an extension of two months to the current service.
Payment lines opened on 1 December and residents can pay for the service online at boroughofpoole.com/apply/garden-waste or contact 261700. More than 500 residents have already signed up since lines opened.
Residents with an Access to Leisure and Learning (ATL&L) card will receive an on going 50% discount on the regular £31 annual charge, making the cost £15.50 for the first bin ordered per household. Additional bins will be charged at £21.70 before 31 March.
Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "This is a very popular service and I would encourage people to sign up by 31 December to ensure they receive collections from the beginning of March. People in areas with small gardens or who generally do not generate a large amount of garden waste could consider sharing a bin with neighbours. The most carbon neutral or environmentally friendly option, of course, is to compost at home."
Those currently with a green bin will benefit from collection from the beginning of March but will need to have paid by 31 March in order to continue with the service for the rest of the year.
From March 2012, garden waste will no longer be accepted in large black refuse bins. If you choose not to take advantage of the service you can compost at home, use the Mobile Recycling Points or Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Borough of Poole is introducing a chargeable collection service due to significant reductions in Government funding for local services unfortunately we cannot afford to extend the garden waste service to all residents without introducing a charge for collections.
To register and pay for your green bin, visit boroughofpoole.com/apply/garden-waste or contact 261700. A letter, explaining the garden waste collection service, is being sent to every householder. Please visit boroughofpoole.com/gardenwaste for the latest information.