MORE than 8,000 gardeners on Pendle’s garden waste collections are being reminded to put their green bins out and get ready for spring.

Pendle Borough Council’s fortnightly collections start again from Monday February 28.

Gardeners on the scheme are being urged to check their recycling calendars, fill their green bins and get them out on the right day.

Council leader, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed said: “We know it’s hard to believe, with the wind and rain we’re experiencing, but spring is just around the corner.

“We’d like to thank all the gardeners who’ve continued recycling by storing their garden waste in their green bin through the winter.

“It is an eco-friendly scheme and last year we collected over 2,800 tonnes of garden waste which was made into compost - an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year."

Carole Taylor, the council’s waste and recycling co-ordinator said: “Gardeners on the scheme can check what they can and can’t put into their green bin by visiting our website.

“New subscribers who are not currently on the scheme can also go to our website and sign up now to get an extra four months of collections for free."

People can also visit the council website fore gardening tips and composting at: