Garden waste collections are set to resume in Stoke-on-Trent following the usual temporary halt over winter.
Collections will begin on Friday, March 1 and run until Friday, November 29. The brown bin is suitable for items including grass and hedge cuttings, small branches, plants and leaves, cooked and uncooked food waste, moss, weeds and teabags.
Cllr Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “It’s normally a sure sign that spring is on the way when the garden waste collection restarts. We suspend the service over winter when there is traditionally much less garden waste for our operatives to collect, but I’m sure residents will be pleased to see it returning with temperatures beginning to pick up.
“Many authorities around the country are now starting to charge for the brown bin service. As a cabinet we debated the matter long and hard, particularly in the light of the budgetary restraints we face on an annual basis. However, even though times are tough we strongly believe that this service should remain free and that as many people as possible around the city have the opportunity to use it.”