Residents in Wolverhampton are being reminded that garden waste will be collected every 4 weeks this winter.

The changes will be introduced next month and mean that the green garden waste bins are collected every fourth week from Monday 4 November, 2013, until the end of March 2014, instead of fortnightly.

Food caddies and the brown bin, for general household waste, will continue to be collected weekly while the black bin, used for recycling, will still be collected fortnightly.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for City Services, said: "The city council, like other local authorities, is facing huge financial challenges which mean we need to identify a further £98 million of savings between now and 2019.

"The garden waste collection service is a popular and very well used service, primarily during the summer months. Naturally, there is less demand for the service during the winter - in fact less than a fifth of the annual amount is collected at this time.

"Therefore, in order to help us make the savings we need we have agreed to reduce the frequency of collections over the winter months, as many other councils have already done."

In addition to the new arrangements for the garden waste collections, the city council is reminding residents that, as in previous years, there will be no garden waste collections between 23 December, 2013 and 5 January, 2014, and no other collections on either Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Friday 27 December, 2013.

Please note that up to 2 black bin bags of excess general waste will be accepted from properties that do not receive collections between Christmas Day and 27 December on their next regular collection day, while there will also be an extra recycling collection for those same households on New Year's Day and Thursday and Friday January 2 and 3, 2014.

Leaflets detailing all the collection arrangements over the Christmas period - as well as those throughout 2014 - will be delivered to homes around Wolverhampton over the next few days.

  • released: Wednesday 23 October, 2013