Dig into this garden plan for free

Residents subscribed to the brown bin garden waste service in South Oxfordshire or Vale of White Horse can have extra garden waste collected for free.

This will be on on their normal collection day only, between 15 and 26 April.

People can put out a maximum of up to four additional sacks of garden waste, per brown bin subscription, next to their brown bin.

The extra waste must contain only natural garden waste, such as cut grass, plants or branches and be placed in standard sized (60L) sacks or in boxes / containers totalling no more than a standard binful.

Where possible, people have been asked to use cardboard boxes, as these are much more environmentally friendly than plastic sacks.

Tonne builders’ waste bags holding garden waste will not be collected.

Councillor Sue Cooper, Cabinet Member for Environment at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: ‘With the days getting longer, people will be spending more time in the garden.

‘If you have cuttings from overgrown plants and trees and you’re not able to compost them at home, this is a great opportunity for a tidy-up and to have them collected.’

Councillor Mark Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Waste at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: ‘Before putting your extra garden waste out, remember to check you are using the correct sacks or containers. Our crews can’t collect any waste left in reinforced sacks, so please don’t leave those out.’

All garden waste collected will be taken to a facility near Wallingford, where it is composted. The compost will then be sold on to local farmers for use on their farmland.

More information about garden waste collections can be found on the South Oxfordshire garden waste page or the Vale garden waste page.