Angus Council has revealed that almost 9000 households had signed up to the garden waste collection since Monday, May 30.
The figures, which range form Monday, May 30, and 11am yesterday (Thursday, June 16) 8957 Angus households had signed up for 9393 garden waste bins.
The council has introduced an annual fee of £25 for the service, and households need to sign up before Friday, June 24, to ensure their garden waste collection service continues after Monday, July 4.
A council statement announcing the sign up figures added: “You can still subscribe after June 24, but the fee remains static at £25. There are no concessions or rebates.”
Sign up can be down on the council’s dedicated garden waste web page by debit or credit card, or contact ACCESSline for details on 03452 777 778 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm).
The statement added: “Financial constraints mean we can no longer provide this non-statutory service without introducing a fee, but by keeping the charge per bin as low as possible we aim to only recover our costs for collection.
“This relates to the non-statutory garden waste collection service only. No charges will be applied to the other statutory collection services we provide.
“Nineteen Scottish local authorities do not offer this service, but we wanted to give households the option of still receiving a dedicated garden waste collection service, rather than stopping the service altogether.
“As happens now, it will be possible to share a communal bin. The bin will be registered and collected from one address. Such agreements are a matter for you and your neighbour, not the council.
“Those who have signed up are reminded that their day of collection may change from Monday, July 4, and they should visit our garden waste page to find out more. Full details on the service can be found there.”