East Renfrewshire Council has confirmed the start date for an annual charge for garden waste collection.

The opt-in scheme is set to begin on Monday, July 5 and households taking part will need to pay £40.

This will cover collections every week, except a fortnight at Christmas, and will also include the collection of Christmas trees.

Residents not requiring their garden waste to be lifted, can still use their brown bin for food waste.

Andy Cahill, the local authority's environment director, said: “The Council faced a significant budget shortfall for this year and savings had to be identified.

"Our priority is to protect frontline services for our residents and income generated from this scheme will help meet some of the budget shortfall.”

Those who wish to purchase a permit are urged to as soon as they can, so they are registered ahead of the start date.

To find out more visit eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/garden-waste.