The Highland Council has announced that the garden waste collection service is now available to householders in Bunchrew, Drumnadrochit, Inchmore and Tornagrain.
In addition, new properties recently built within Ardersier, Croy and Stratton will also be offered the garden waste collection service.
Letters have been sent to householders within the new collection areas offering them the opportunity to participate in the garden waste collection service starting from 1 September 2022.
The cost of a garden waste permit for the 2022/2023 permit season will be £47.75.
To purchase a permit, householders can apply online 24/7 at www.highland.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call the Council’s Service Centre on 01349 886660 (Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm).
The expansion of the garden waste collection service has been supported by the Council being successful in securing set-up funding from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund.
The fund has been established by the Government to support the increase of both the quantity and quality of recycling across Scotland whilst delivering wider environmental benefits.
The Highland Council’s Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Place, Allan Gunn said:
“We are delighted that the Council has secured funding from the Recycling Improvement Fund to purchase an additional Refuse Collection Vehicle and brown wheeled bins.
“Inverness and Nairn are projected to have the highest increases in new housing developments over the next 10 years and we will now be in a position to offer the service to householders in new and existing developments including Tornagrain, Stratton, Drumnadrochit, Ardersier and Croy.”
“I would encourage householders in these areas to take advantage of the opportunity to have their garden waste collected at the kerbside – this is a convenient and easy to use service and by recycling their garden waste householders are helping to reduce carbon and greenhouse emissions associated with landfilling this material.”
The service collects the following material in brown wheeled bins on a fortnightly basis:
Grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs, small branches, flowers, plants, weeds and leaves.
Householders choosing to participate will be able to order a free brown wheeled bin for each permit purchased at the same time as they make the payment.
The brown bins will be delivered to your home free of charge before the start of the service.
The service is optional, and householders are also able to take their garden waste along to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge.
The Highland Council continues to look to increase the availability of this service across Highland.