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Highland Council's garden waste permits go on sale for the next season but at the increased price of £47.75 as the local authority says 13,000 tons of garden waste was collected last year

By Scott Maclennan

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The cost of the brown collection has risen £1.40.
The cost of the brown collection has risen £1.40.

Highland Council Garden Waste Permits are now available to purchase for the 2022/23 permit season.

All existing permit holders will receive a reminder to renew their permit over the next few weeks.

The optional fortnightly household collection service is also open to new customers living within the Garden Waste Collection Service catchment areas.

The cost of a garden waste permit for the next permit season 2022/2023 will be £47.75 which is up by three percent or £1.40 from last year.

The new permit season starts on September 1 and runs to August 31 next year with no collections during the winter break from December to February.

Demand for permits will be high in the weeks immediately prior to the 2022/23 service commencing in September so householders are encouraged to sign-up by August 1 to ensure they receive permits in time for the first collections.

Customers can continue to order garden waste permits after the 1st of August but the council cannot guarantee orders after that date will arrive in time for the first collections of the 2022/23 permit year.

Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee Councillor Graham MacKenzie said: “It is encouraging that year on year residents in the Highlands are recycling more and more garden waste.

"Last year we recycled 13, 000 tonnes of garden waste collected from the kerbside and Household Waste Recycling Centres.

“With the council being under significant financial pressure I am really pleased to see this is service helping to reduce costs involved in sending waste to landfill and contributing to minimising environmental impact.”

What Happens to the Waste

According to the local authority it is often asked where the garden waste goes and what happens to it.

The answer is that all garden waste collected at the kerbside and at the Household Waste Recycling Centres goes to its contractor Keenans in Aberdeenshire.

There it is composted in an open-air method known as windrows, which are long and high piles of material that is composted under specific conditions.

That produces material which can be used for improving soil conditions in agricultural farming and reducing the amount of fertilisers that are required.

Customers are advised to visit our website www.highland.gov.uk/gardenwaste to check they live in a Garden Waste Collection Service area.

Garden waste permits can be purchased on-line at www.highland.gov.uk/gardenwaste; or by calling the Highland Council’s Service Centre on 01349 886660.

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