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Garden waste collection permit holders advised to renew ahead of 2022/23 season

By Niall Harkiss

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Garden waste permits have increased by three per cent. Picture: DGS
Garden waste permits have increased by three per cent. Picture: DGS

Highland Council Garden Waste permit holders will receive a reminder over the next few weeks to renew their permits for the 2022/23 season.

The cost of a garden waste permit for the next permit season will be £47.75, representing a 3 per cent (£1.40) increase from last year.

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

The new permit season starts on Thursday September 1, 2022 and runs to August 31, 2023, with a winter break in the months of December, January and February.

With demand for permits expected to be high in the weeks immediately prior to the 2022/23 service commencing in September, 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 August 1, however, the council have advised that they cannot guarantee that permits ordered following this date will arrive in time for the first collections of the 2022/23 permit year

Councillor Graham Mackenzie, chair of the communities and place committee 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 service helping to reduce costs involved in sending waste to landfill and contributing to minimising environmental impact.”

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

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

The service is optional, and householders are also able to take their garden waste along to their local Recycling Centre free of charge.

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