SOUTH Tyneside residents are being urged not to waste a chance to boost the environment when fortnightly green bin collections resume this spring.
Green bin collection calendars are being sent out to residents informing them of the dates for their green bin collection day.
The collections are set to start again from Monday, March 23.
A wide range of materials can be put in the green bins including grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, twigs, cut flower, house plants and weeds. However, carrier bags, food waste or black sacks should not be placed inside.
Details of what can be placed in the bin are also explained in the calendars which residents will receive in the post before their first collection is due.
Residents can also find out their collection dates by using the post code checker facility on the Council’s website.
Garden waste is only collected during the spring, summer and autumn and the Council is reminding people that now is the perfect time to start home composting by recycling organic kitchen waste as well as garden waste.
Over time, compost grass clippings, plant prunings, used tea bags and fruit and vegetable peels, will breakdown into a healthy soil improver for plants and shrubs.
Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “This time of year, many people enjoy getting back into their gardens and we can all do out bit to help keep our gardens green, while being more environmentally friendly. Home composting is really easy and very good for the environment.
“It not only reduces reliance on peat-based composts and man-made fertilizer, which can be costly, but saves space in your waste bin by reducing kitchen waste. This in turn prevents needless amounts of waste going to landfill sites which produce greenhouse gases.
“The garden waste service is critical in helping us to reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill or needs specialist treatment so the more waste we can compost or recycle the better.”
Residents are reminded that their green bin may not be emptied on the same day as their grey refuse or blue recycling bin. During the busiest collection periods over the summer, bins may not be emptied until after 5pm.
For further information about rubbish and recycling in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.info/wasteandrecycling or call the council’s Customer Contact Centre on 427 7000, Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm)
More details about home composting is available at www.stc.getcomposting.com or by calling 0845 130 6090.