A new garden waste service is now welcoming customers in Redditch following its hugely popular expansion.

Residents can now apply to have 20 fortnightly brown bin collections between February and November next year whilst stocks last.

The expansion of the service to more households comes after council members voted last month to introduce a full new garden waste service to the borough.

It will take over from and build on previous arrangements, which saw a smaller service delivered by neighbouring Bromsgrove District Council reach its full capacity in 2020.

Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, Brandon Clayton, said: “It gives me great pleasure to say that more people in Redditch can sign up to get our new garden waste collection service.

“We know many people have been waiting for this chance and I encourage you to act now if you want to sign up. This expansion for new collections that start in the spring is not unlimited, so it will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at this time.”

The service costs just £60 per year per brown bin with a one-off setup fee per bin at £20 which includes the new bin.

Existing garden waste customers will be automatically moved to the new service and given the option to cancel or renew it.

It takes moments to sign up by visiting www.redditchbc.go.uk/gardenwaste or call 01527 881 188.

Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Matt Dormer, added: “Our teams are pulling out all the stops to be able to bring these new garden waste collections to a lot of people in time for the spring now that we know more about what the national rules will be on waste collections.

“We’re proud to deliver a new, expanded service that people have told us they want and support our households to recycle even more.”