Subscribe this spring

More than 18,000 people have so far taken advantage of a one off discount and signed up for Lancaster City Council’s new garden waste collection service.

But there’s not much time left for other keen gardeners to do the same, with the ‘early bird’ discount ending on March 31.

In January 2017 the collection of garden waste service became an opt-in subscription only service.

It follows the loss of funding from Lancashire County Council towards the recycling service, along with ongoing reductions in funding from central government. 

As a result the cost to the council of providing waste collections services are set to boom from £2.85 million to £4.14 million over the next few years. The new charge will help to ensure the service can continue and bring down these costs.

Before March 31 gardeners can opt-in to the service for £30, after which the price rises to £37.50.

Coun Brendan Hughes, Cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Services, said: “The number of people who have signed up so far just shows how much the garden waste collection service is valued.

“There’s still time to take advantage of the discounted offer of £30 and I’d urge anyone who has a garden to take advantage now and not wait until the last minute.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to opt-in to the convenience of our service will still be able to dispose of their garden waste for free at one of the Household Waste and Recycling Centres.”

It’s easy to register online with a credit/debit card.

Once registered you will receive an information pack in the post with a sticker to place on your bin.

The service is opt-in – you don’t have to subscribe and can dispose of your garden waste by home composting or using the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Salt Ayre in Lancaster and Keer Bridge in Carnforth.

Last updated: 24 February 2017