Green fingered County Durham residents are being reminded to sign up to get their garden waste collected.
Durham County Councils’ garden waste collection service is due to start in April and those who sign up before Thursday, 14 February can be sure to receive a total of 17 collections up until November. Residents can still sign up after this date, but all of the collections cannot be guaranteed.
For those already subscribed to the service collections will begin from Tuesday, 2 April, followed by fortnightly collections until the collection season ends.
Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “It won’t be long before green fingered County Durham residents are preparing to spring clean their gardens.
“Almost 33,000 residents have already signed up to receive garden waste collections this year and we would like to remind those that haven’t that it’s not too late to join the scheme for 2019.”
The following items can go in the garden waste bin for composting:
• Grass cuttings
• Shrubs
• Leaves
• Weeds
• Flowers & bedding plants
• Hedge clippings
• Prunings
• Small branches
Residents can still sign up for the service for a fee of £35. Collections will start as soon as possible after they sign up and they will receive the remaining collections before the season ends. Those who have already subscribed to the service are reminded to fix their bin sticker to the garden waste bin and put the bin out for collection by 7am on their collection day.
To sign up to the service or find out if a property is eligible, call 03000 260 000 or visit
Collection days can be found by visiting and entering the postcode and property number.