A controversial garden waste service is proving popular according to Rother District Council.
Last year the cash-strapped local authority hit the headlines when it unveiled plans to charge residents £25 a year for a fortnightly garden waste removal.
The council has revealed that more than 14,000 households have now opted in and paid for the service and are receiving their brown bins as part of improvements to the kerbside collection of waste and recycling being rolled out across the district in June.
A further 1,500 have already expressed an interest in signing up for the service ahead of the second phase planned for autumn.
Due to the level of interest in the scheme and the number of calls being received, the council is urging residents who want to sign up for the service to do so via its web site at www.rother.gov.uk/gardenwaste
The details of those residents who have signed up already but not paid will keep on file and they will be contacted when the service is available to them.
To find out more about the changes to services from June 30, 2014, visit www.rother.gov.uk/WasteUpdate