A chargeable garden waste collection service is due to start in Wealden from July 1 and residents wanting to use it are are asked to sign up for it now.
Joining the service is optional and the annual subscription is £50 for each bin.
Collections will take place fortnightly except for a two-week suspension during the Christmas and New Year period.
The council asks that you sign up and pay at my.wealden.gov.uk by June 1, 2019, to ensure garden waste collections are uninterrupted.
If you don’t already have a My Wealden account, you will need to create one. You can also request a second bin if you need one for an additional £50 per year. If you do not have access to the internet you can still register by calling 01323 443322.
If you choose not to join the new service, you do not need to contact the council.
The final free collection will be your last scheduled garden waste collection in June. If you do not wish to subscribe, the bin will be removed for re-use or recycling.
You are asked to continue to place the empty bin out on your scheduled collection days so that it can be removed by the end of July.
If you don’t want to take part in the new service but still have garden waste, the council recommends this is composted at home.
Special value compost converters and food waste digesters are available from £18.50 through East Sussex County Council. For full details on these offers or to order, visit www.escc.getcomposting.com or call Straight Plc 0844 5714444.
Or you can take you garden waste to a Household Waste Recycling Site where it will be accepted free of charge.
Garden waste cannot be put into the refuse or recycling bin and these bins will not be emptied if they contain it.
The garden waste from the council’s brown bin collections is taken to Veolia’s Woodlands In-Vessel Composting Facility in Whitesmith to be turned into soil conditioner.
The large scale site enables faster composting by utilising higher temperatures. The compost is used to create soil enhancer which can be purchased from Household Waste Recycling Sites across East Sussex or is available in bulk from www.pro-grow.com.
For more information on recycling, including tips on composting, and how to reduce the amount of waste you produce, visit www.wealden.gov.uk.
More information about garden waste sign up scheme is being posted out to all Wealden households receiving the current garden waste service.