Top gardener and singing star Kim Wilde is encouraging her neighbours in North Herts to recycle and compost as much as they can.
During the next few weeks thousands of residents will be getting a brown recycling bin as North Hertfordshire District Council expands its scheme to cover every household with a garden.
The bins, for composting garden waste, will be delivered in April and May along with a leaflet explaining what can be put in it. The district-wide scheme will save 6,000 tonnes from landfill each year.
This figure will rise when a new plant capable of recycling kitchen waste comes on line at the end of the year. At the moment residents can’t put any kitchen waste in the brown bins because of potential contamination with meat products.
Kim Wilde, who lives in the Codicote area, said: "It’s a great opportunity for the residents of North Herts to recycle more items on their doorstep and help their own environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill."
North Hertfordshire District Council is running a competition in June to encourage everyone to use the bins properly.
One household a day, selected at random between June 5 and 16, will win £20 worth of garden centre vouchers. All they need to do is put out their brown bin with the correct material in it on their collection day. The lucky winners will be notified by letter.
Gardeners in North Herts who want to compost garden waste rather than put it in brown bins can get home composters at subsidised prices.
For more information on the brown bin scheme or any of the other recycling services we offer, please contact Jo Lines on 01462 474336 or firstname.lastname@example.org