203An extra garden waste collection will be provided to County Durham residents who sign up for the service in 2016.

Durham County Council is introducing the additional collection towards the end of the season following feedback from residents who used the service this year.

It means those who sign up for the service in 2016 will receive a total of 17 collections, between spring and autumn, for the same annual fee of £20.

The subscription fee was introduced this year in order to enable the council to continue to collect garden waste from the 190,000-plus eligible properties in the county.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships at Durham County Council, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer residents an additional collection in the 2016 garden waste collection service.

“The last collections this year took place in mid-October but many residents told us they would have found it helpful to have an additional collection towards the end of the season.

“We’ve therefore decided to offer an additional garden waste collection, which we hope will improve the service for existing customers and encourage others to sign up.”

Garden waste collections do not take place during the winter months because there is less waste produced. However, people can still take any garden waste for composting at their local household waste recycling centre.

For information on garden waste collections go to www.durham.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 03000 261 000.

Details about the 2016 garden waste collection service, including how to sign up, will be available later this month (Nov 2015)