The project, run at Martel's Garden World, enabled visitors to dump green waste free of charge. The scheme has run for the past 18 months and proved so successful - 727 tonnes of waste collected within the past six months alone - that it was nearly forced to close because it was costing £30,000 a year to run.
But management at the centre set up a petition for those using the service to voice their concerns. Now a new public-private partnership deal has been arranged with a skip company, which enables waste to be dumped for 50p a bag. The charge should cover the cost of a skip company employee to be based there and oversee the scheme. A shredder is to be added at the site to reduce the bulk and enable more to fit in the skips.
Each week about 30 skiploads, equal to around 1,500 bags, are collected from the garden centre.