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GARDEN waste collections are to restart after a winter break.

The fortnightly pick-ups in County Durham will resume on Monday, with householders to receive leaflets giving details of specific collection days.

Small branches, flowers, leaves, grass cuttings, weeds, prunings and hedge clippings are among waste which can be put in the containers.

Durham County Council says bins should be left out for collection by 7am on the specified day.

Garden waste is collected from about 156,000 homes across the county by the council and volunteers.

Last year, more than 17,000 tonnes of garden waste was collected and turned into compost or soil conditioner.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, said with many people now working on their gardens, it’s the perfect time to remind them to use garden waste bins.