More than 16,000 households have now subscribed to a new garden waste service in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Figures released by the Council show 16,130 properties have paid the annual £36 charge for the fortnightly collections which got under way earlier this year. In total they have paid for 17,253 brown-lidded bins.
This weekend’s May bank holiday, and the prospect of months of good gardening weather, means the figures are likely to continue to grow further in the coming weeks.
The Borough Council’s previous free service was supported by £270,000 income from Staffordshire County Council in the form of “recycling credits.
The Borough Council say that this income will reduce significantly over the next four years and that means that they had to find a way of making the service financially self-sufficient as the county withdraws the funding.
The authority says that income generated by the subscriptions will be used to cover the cost of providing the new garden waste service and one-off costs involved in introducing it from February this year.
Any further income will be reinvested into supporting the overall recycling and waste service and introducing a new recycling service that residents have asked for.
The Council has revealed that around 80 per cent of subscribers have registered online with many also signing up for a “My Account” which will enable them to access and track online their own personal interactions with the authority.
Further information on the scheme can be found at www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk