PEOPLE are being urged to go green this year and sign up to Cotswold District Council's garden waste scheme.

The seventh year of the council’s chargeable garden waste service starts on Tuesday, April 1 and it is urging existing subscribers to sign up again .

Those signing up for the service for 2014-15 will have their garden waste collected weekly and will also be able to empty their unwanted food waste into the green bin.

For those who cannot accommodate a green wheeled bin at their property, 50 compostable brown paper garden waste sacks can also be purchased for £30, available from the Moreton Area Centre.

Councillor David Fowles, cabinet member for the environment, said: "We have a great track record for recycling thanks to our residents, and it would be great to see even more people signing up for the service this year.

“As we continue reducing the amount of waste which goes to landfill, we will help combat climate change and reduce the amount of infill taxes paid by residents across the county.”

Residents who receive Council Tax or Housing Benefit can also get a 50 per cent discount on the price of a green waste licence.

The council has a 60 per cent recycling and composting rate, one of the best in the UK.