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Northumberland County Council is re-launching its garden waste collection scheme.

Residents can have their green waste collected each fortnight, for a fee of £24 for 20 collections.

The cost of the fortnightly collections has increased by only £1 from last year. The council hopes that this is continued to be seen as good value for money, taking into account the convenience, the time and the fuel saved from not taking garden waste in a car to a local waste centre.

Last year the service was very successful with 21,300 households opting in. This resulted in the use of 23,000 bins, creating nearly 7,200 tonnes of waste which was collected and made into a rich compost / soil conditioner.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for waste management at Northumberland County Council said: “The garden waste collection service actively helps work towards a better quality of life for Northumberland residents.

“It is hoped that residents who took part in the scheme last year will continue to do so this time around, and the number of new participants will continue to grow.”

All residents who used the kerbside collection service last year will receive a letter from the council inviting them to take part again.

These letters contain a calendar displaying information of collection days. The day and/or week of collection may have changed since last season.

However, if last year’s subscribers haven’t received a letter to renew their subscription to the garden waste collection service by the end of February, they should contact the council so that they can be issued with their unique reference number.

New customers can apply to join the scheme by phoning the new local phone number for their area (details available on the council’s website) or 0845 600 6400, or by email to

To continue to receive the service, residents are required to pay by March 31 2014. There are a number of ways to make this payment, including, online, by phone, in person or by post.

If existing customers choose to pay for the service online, they will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a chance to be one of ten winners who will receive a £20 National Garden Centre voucher.

Some lucky customers will also have their 2014 subscription refunded in full. Fully paid up members this season will be entered into a monthly draw from February to November, so the sooner you pay the more draws you will be part of. Winners are drawn from everyone who has paid this, no matter how they have paid.

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