A NEW subscription service for residents wanting to continue getting their garden waste collected has seen thanks go out from Erewash council to all those who have been signing up.

The town hall battled to keep emptying householders’ brown bins for free but had to copy other cash-strapped councils by bringing in an annual fee.

A special early-bird offer cuts the price of the service to just £20 – a saving of more than a third off the standard £32 fee, which itself is far below what many other local authorities charge.

There is still time to get the online deal, which will end on Sunday 14 April. The council said all those continuing to get their green waste collected are helping to do their bit for the environment because the material is sent for composting.

Subscribers who paid before April should have by now received bin stickers. Anyone who signed up more than 15 days ago is urged to contact the council if they have no sticker. Full details on the garden waste scheme are on the council’s website here:

Garden waste FAQS (erewash.gov.uk)