GREEN-fingered residents can now buy Inverclyde Council garden waste permits ahead of the brown bin collections resuming in March.
Inverclyde residents can purchase the £42 permits online via the council website.
Collections will take place at the same time as blue bin household recycling uplifts and will start the week beginning 11 or 18 March, depending on residents’ typical collection day.
Around 11,000 permits are purchased each year and the brown bins are emptied from March through to November.
Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “This is a sure sign that spring is on the way as our residents start to prepare for getting back into their gardens.
“The garden waste permits cost the same no matter what time of year people buy them so it makes sense to get one as soon as possible to get the most use out of it during the season.”
Waste materials such as grass, hedge trimmings, weeds, leaves and shrub cuttings can all be put in brown bins and will be turned into compost. Soil cannot be recycled in the brown bin and any bins containing soil will not be emptied.
This year’s permit is purple and is valid from the week beginning 11 March through to the week beginning 11 November. Bins without a valid 2024 permit will not be emptied.
The £42 charge applies regardless of at what point in the year the permit is purchased.
To buy a permit and for more information, visit www.inverclyde.gov.uk/garden-waste or call the garden waste helpline on 01475 714555.