Brown bin collections to change in Peterborough during the winter

Brown bins. Photo: Paul Franks
Brown bins. Photo: Paul Franks
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Residents signed up to Peterborough City Council’s brown bin garden waste service are being reminded of changes to collections.

One of the benefits of the paid-for service, which was launched in May this year, is that it provides all-year-round collection of garden waste.

However, as the service is used less during December and January there is only one brown bin collection each month.

For the other 10 months of the year collections are fortnightly.

Brown bin collections will take place on residents’ scheduled collection day during the first fortnight in December. Fortnightly garden waste collections will resume from January 19, 2015, alongside residents’ scheduled green bin collection, as they do normally.

Residents will be contacted in the spring to re-subscribe to the service or sign up for the first time. Everyone that has subscribed this year has paid for the service up until May 22, 2015.

Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for street scene, waste management and communications, said: “Around 20,000 households have signed up for the brown bin service this year. This is a real vote of confidence in the scheme and demonstrates people value the collections and appreciate the service we offer.

“Using our brown bin service is an easy way to do your bit for the environment and help keep Peterborough looking smart. So far this year we have collected 4,800 tonnes of material that is processed and recycled, meaning nothing has to go to landfill.

“If you haven’t signed up to the scheme but want to, please visit our website or call us on 01733 747474.”

Residents subscribed to the garden waste collection service can use the brown bins to dispose of real Christmas trees. It helps if trees are cut into smaller pieces before being placed in the brown bin.

People not signed up to the scheme can still recycle Christmas trees and other garden waste at the Householders Recycling Centre in Dogsthorpe.

Skips will also be placed at the Notcutts Garden Centre in Orton and The Barn Garden Centre in Gunthorpe to help people dispose of their Christmas tree.

The skips will be on the sites from January 2 and until collection on January 16.

For more information visit or contact the council on 01733 747474.