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Pendle gardeners – time to sign up for garden waste collections

Published: Monday, 19th April 2021

Eric Phair, shares his gardening advice

Gardener Eric Phair shares his advice.

Thousands of gardeners who have their garden waste collected by Pendle Council are being asked to look out for letters about the fortnightly green bin recycling scheme.

Carole Taylor, Pendle Council’s Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator said:

“Letters are going out from this week until early May reminding gardeners to sign up  for collections from 1 July, as their paid collections finish at the end of June.

“People who’ve opted to go paperless had an email reminder in March,” she added.  

"The posting out of letters is coinciding with some great gardening weather and longer days to enjoy in the garden!”

Gardeners can pay their annual fee anytime from now if they’d like to continue getting garden waste collections from 1 July.

The cost for the subsidised nine month service is £35 per bin per year which covers the period 1 July to 30 November and 1 March until 30 June.

There are no collections during the winter months of December, January and February when few people are gardening. 

“It costs less than £2 per collection and is still one of the cheapest garden waste collections in the country,” stated Carole.

And she added:  “Once you have paid, please allow up to two weeks for the delivery of your bin sticker.”

Gardeners not already on the scheme can apply to join any time from now via Pendle Council’s website

David Walker, Pendle Council’s Environmental Services Manager, said:
 “By subscribing to the garden waste collection scheme you are doing an extra bit for Pendle and the environment, helping us to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfill.

“If you have had the benefit of a garden it will have been a great tonic for both mental and physical wellbeing during the challenges we’ve been facing due to the pandemic,” he added. 

“Last year our crews collected an extra 226 tonnes of garden waste for composting, between April and the end of November, that’s almost 10% more than the previous year,” he added.

Eric Phair the Council’s Landscape Maintenance Parks Supervisor shared some gardening tips for late spring:

“Treat your lawn to some spring fertilizer.  It will help the grass to rejuvenate ready for summer.

“As the weather is starting to warm up in mid-April it’s important to keep on top of the weeds!  

“But as people will know from the recent snow, hail and ice, there is still a chance of late frosts, so check forecasts daily and protect any tender plants and fruit blossoms.

“This month you can start sowing annuals and hardy herbs and wildflower seed outdoors.

“And don’t forget your containers and pots will benefit from some feed to ensure plants thrive over the summer months,” he added.