Now is the time to start making New Year Resolutions for 2015 â€“ and a subscription to the councilâ€™s garden waste service could help you keep your promise to keep your home looking attractive.
Just three days remain on an early bird Â£5 discount offer for those who subscribe during the month of December.
The service â€“ covering 20 fortnightly collections between February and November 2015 â€“ costs just Â£30 (equivalent to just Â£1.50 per collection) if purchased during December, going up to Â£35 (equivalent to Â£1.75 per collection) in the new year.
Green-fingered households that subscribed in 2014 who renew will continue to use the brown-lid bins they already have. Those purchasing this service for the first time will be provided with a 240-litre wheelie bin which will be delivered within 20 working days of payment being made.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City, said: â€œWeâ€™ve now completed the first year of our chargeable service, attracting more than 50,000 subscribers in the process. This is an encouraging base to build upon.
â€œIt was a transitional year from the old free scheme where unlimited amounts of garden waste could be put out â€“ a service we simply could not sustain as a result of central government budget cuts placing pressure on essential front-line services such as those we provide for vulnerable people.
â€œWeâ€™ve learnt a lot of lessons implementing our chargeable service and will continue to do everything we can to make the service run as smoothly as possible.
â€œFollowing a review of the 2014 service, we arenâ€™t offering a half-season deal next year, so by signing up over the next three days, residents will be getting the best deal we are making available for the upcoming year.
â€œThe early bird offer is great value and the cost per collection for a clean, easy and convenient way makes this something I would urge anyone with a garden to consider signing up to.â€
Anyone interested in the service can subscribe using a debit or credit card by visiting Birmingham City Councilâ€™s website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/gardenwaste.
Alternatively, households can purchase by debit or credit card via the councilâ€™s contact centre by calling 0121 303 1111.