Extra wheelie bin for garden waste trials..

AT the end of April, householders in parts of Calderdale will be able to take part in trial for recycling garden waste.

A total of 1,500 properties in Hipperholme and Illingworth will receive sacks and wheelie bins.

The trial collections will take place fortnightly until the end of September.

Calderdale Council and Sita will analysis the results to see whether the scheme can be extended to all 93,000 homes in Calderdale.

About 750 families in Hipperholme and 750 in Illingworth have been invited to take part.

Although many people compost their grass clippings and hedge trimmings, a large amount of garden waste is still thrown into wheelie bins during the summer.

With landfill tax having risen to £62 a tonne, the cost of disposing of this material at landfill is having an increasingly expensive impact on the cost of Calderdale’s waste disposal.

Head of housing and environment, Mark Thompson, said: “We continue to search for ways to achieve the highest amount of recycling at the lowest cost.

“We have asked people for their views on the garden waste collection trial, and we will assess these and the results of the trial to help plan future services.”

Sita manager Paul Taylor said: “We’re constantly looking for new and different ways to improve the service we deliver to Calderdale and that includes exploring how we can increase recycling and recovery to divert waste away from landfill and reduce the impact of increased disposal costs on council tax payers.”

The sort of things which can be put out for collection include grass cuttings, leaves, twigs and small branches, hedge clippings, garden plants and weeds.

Residents living outside of the trial area can take garden rubbish to household waste recycling centres across Calderdale.