Residents across Bath & North East Somerset will be sent reminders over the next 3 weeks so that they can sign up to or renew their Garden Waste Collection Service.

Approximately 20,000 residents currently use the fortnightly charged-for service. The cost this year has been frozen at £44.

However, changes are being made to this years’ service as during the winter months very little garden waste material is collected. Bath & North East Somerset Council will therefore suspend collections between 3 December 2018 and 1 March 2019. As this includes the Christmas period, there will be no collection of Christmas trees by the crew. However, alternative collection methods for trees are being explored and more information will follow.

Cllr Bob Goodman (Conservative, Combe Down) Cabinet Member for Development and Neighbourhoods said: “The amount of garden waste we collect over the winter months does not justify the use of a vehicle. By stopping collections over this period we’ve been able to freeze the cost of the service to residents. At £2.20 per collection we still think this represents good value for money. Residents will still be able to take garden waste to Recycling Centres for free over this period”.

Once you have received your letter please make sure the Council receives payment by 11 May 2018 to ensure there is no disruption to your service.

Once payment is received and processed you will be sent a sticker to show that you have paid. You should receive this by 31 May 2018. Stickers should be placed on bin lids as proof of payment for collections crews.

If you haven’t received your reminder letter by the end of April, please contact Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41.