Have you signed up for the new garden waste service yet?

The new waste and recycling contract starts next month and with it comes the introduction of garden waste bins.

From Wednesday 1 March the green garden waste sacks will no longer be collected and only properties registered for the new service will be visited by collection crews.

Councillor Peter Bryant, executive member for recycling and waste services, said: “50 per cent of households have now signed up for the new garden waste service and we’re urging any remaining residents who want to continue getting a garden waste collection to sign up as soon as they can.”

Residents who signed up for the service before 18 December are guaranteed delivery of a bin before the new contract starts. Households that have not signed up for the service, or whose garden waste bin has not arrived before the new service comes in to effect, will be able to dispose of their garden waste at one of the council’s three household waste and recycling centres.

How does the cost of green bins compare with other councils?

• North Somerset: £25 one-off registration fee, collections are free
• South Gloucestershire: £30 annual service charge
• Bath and North East Somerset: £42 annual service charge, plus one-off £2.78 delivery charge for the bin
• Bristol: £32 annual service charge, plus £21 for the bin
• Somerset Waste Partnership: £50-53 annual service charge (depending on area).

Each household can register up to two bins at a one-off cost of £25 each.

To register for the garden waste collection service visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/gardenwaste. This will take you to a page with information about the new garden waste service with a button taking you to MyAccount. Once signed in, choose the ‘Report or request it’ option and then the option for ‘Submit garden waste registration’.

Residents who want to reduce the amount of garden waste collected may instead be interested in composting. Composting bins can be purchased at the subsidised cost of £15 and information can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/composting.

The new contract, held by Biffa, also includes an improved food waste collection service for properties with communal recycling, the collection of small electrical items which can be put in the recycling boxes and hard plastics which can be taken to recycling centres.