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Monday, February 9, 2015

Garden waste deadline ends this Saturday

The introductory discount Denbighshire County Council offers to householders opting in to its garden waste collection scheme is due to end on February 14.

So far, residents have taken advantage of the discounted early-bird rates to pay for 9,051 bins.

With the discount available for another ten days, sales are expected to approach 11,000 by the time Valentine’s Day arrives.  Denbighshire waste officer, Alan Roberts, said: “Contrary to some reports, the council is very happy with the take-up from residents at this stage.

"Elsewhere, take-up has ranged between 30% and 40% when charges are introduced, so to be at 25% eight weeks before the service starts is very pleasing.”

Around half of all the requests for bins have come via the council’s website and, with a last-minute rush of orders expected, Alan Roberts advised residents to go online to make their payment for their garden waste service.

He said: “We expect the volume of payments to increase in the days before the discount ends and I would strongly recommend using the online payment system to minimise any waiting time.”

The ending of the early-bird discount means that the cost of having a standard 140 litre bin, or equivalent dumpy sacks, emptied fortnightly for 12 months will increase from £22 to £24. The cost of a two-bin service will increase from £34 to £36.

Alan Roberts added: “Because of the high level of sales, householders that have opted into the scheme will find their collection days will remain exactly the same as they have always been for the first six months.

"The next calendar they receive will reflect changes made to increase efficiency given the reduced number of households needing collections.”

The council’s secure online payment page can be found at www.denbighshire.gov.uk/gardenwaste and payments can also be made over the telephone, on 01824 706101, or in person at any of the council’s One Stop Shops.

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