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Spring into gardening! Pendle’s garden waste collections start again soon…

Published: Thursday, 18th February 2021

Photo of Carole Taylor with her garden waste bin

Photo of Carole Taylor with her garden waste bin.

It’s time to spring into gardening,” announced Leader of Pendle Council, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal MBE.

“Our crews will be out emptying green bins from Monday 1st March, helping people to recycle their garden waste.

“So if you’re on our popular fortnightly collection scheme it’s time to start filling your bin again,” he said.

Gardeners on the scheme can remind themselves what can and can’t go into their green bin by visiting

“Don’t forget to put it out on your normal collection day, from March onwards,” he added.

People have been gardening far more during the pandemic.

“Last year our crews collected an extra 266 tonnes of garden waste for composting, between April and end November,” said Carole Taylor, Pendle Council’s Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator.

“That’s almost 10% more than the previous year.

“New subscribers who are not currently on the scheme can sign up now and get collections from March - which means an extra four months for free,” she explained.

Carole, who is a keen gardener and on Pendle Council’s green bin scheme herself, added:

“Gardening has provided a big boost to people’s health and wellbeing during this very challenging year.

“The longer days mean that gardeners like me can get out more.

“I think everyone is looking forward to the clocks springing forward an hour on 28th March so we have longer daylight evenings,” she added.

Pendle’s Gardening Services Team have been sharing their tips to get back to gardening as snow and ice melt and temperatures rise to show that spring is on its way.

“Now is the time to put things like twigs and small branches which have come down during wind and snow into your green bin,” said Keith Higson who manages the team.

“Lawns need a light rake to remove any winter debris – so long as the ground is not waterlogged or frozen. 

“And this is the time of year to put some fresh compost onto your containers and pots to help growth,” added Keith.