RESDIENTS in Somerset are being reminded by Somerset Council there is still time to sign up for fortnightly home garden waste collection.

As gardening season slowly arrives in the South West, Somerset Council is increasing the amount of gardening waste residents can leave on their doorsteps.

The service has already gathered more than 60,000 subscribers and provides conveniences for residents who are ambitious gardeners, saving people time taking their extra garden waste to recycling centres.

People can subscribe at any time during the year online here: Those who previously subscribed can renew by calling 0300 123 2224.

Collections are made fortnightly all year round, apart from a short break during Christmas and New Year. Residents can either sign-up to a pre-paid 180-litre wheeled bin or 90-litre compostable paper sacks. 

The price of a wheeled bin subscription for 2024//25 is £68 for 25 collections and packs of ten garden waste sacks cost, £33.60.

All garden waste stays in Somerset and will go to one of several composting sites, including Dimmer and Walpole, where it is shredded and turned into compost. 

The end-product is sold as revive soil conditioner through all recycling sites. Garden waste can also be taken to any of Somerset’s 16 waste recycling sites.

Garden waste should not be put out for collection with rubbish. It is also not advised to burn garden waste as this can cause pollution and a local nuisance.