Bournemouth residents disposed of a record 4,849 tonnes of garden waste in 2012 compared to 3,981 tonnes the year before.
The average household on the scheme recycled 173.2kg of green waste last year, meaning the borough is disposing of even less waste in the rubbish bin with garden waste instead going for composting.
Now there are hopes for even greater results in 2013 as the Council has agreed all 1,300 people who were on the waiting list for a collection service will now join the scheme this Spring. It means 30,000 households in the town will now receive green waste collections.
Councillor Michael Filer, portfolio holder for Cleansing & Waste, said: “I am delighted to see so many residents of Bournemouth are keen gardeners and want to do the right thing when disposing of all their green waste. It is pleasing to be able to offer everyone on our waiting list the chance to join our green waste scheme as together we can recycle more and waste less. It means officially we are diverting 81 per cent of all Bournemouth’s waste from landfill with all indications showing that these figures are expected to improve even more this year.”
The Council is in the process of writing to all waiting list residents with details of when they can expect their bin and details of the scheme. Collections for 2013 will run fortnightly from April 8 to the end of November.
In the meantime residents can still take advantage of discounted home composters via www.bournemouth.getcomposting.com or take their green waste to Millhams Community Recycling Centre or Wilverley Road Household Recycling Centre in Christchurch.
Posted on Friday 25th January 2013