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Garden waste collection charges introduction following further tightening of budgets

Published on Friday, 30th November 2018

From next week, bin hangers will be delivered to residents advising them of changes to the green bin service taking place in February 2019.

The tags are being delivered by crews to highlight our new garden waste scheme and will also advise of changes to bin collections dates over the Christmas period.

NBBC have provided a free green waste collection service for as long as possible. Unfortunately now due to year on year cuts in central government funding, it is no longer feasible provide this service without a charge. Residents will be able to choose whether to opt-in to receive a service or not from February 2019.          

The Council is required to achieve required savings of over £1m in the next financial year and therefore has had to look carefully at its spending on discretionary services. The green waste collection is a service which the Council has no legal duty to provide, and was highlighted in a recent survey as an area in which local residents would be prepared to accept a move towards charging in order to protect more crucial front line services.

The Local Government Association reports that local authorities have been forced to introduce charges because of cuts to funding by central government. A spokesperson said:

"Councils in England face an overall funding gap that will exceed £5bn by 2020.

"Some councils were able to provide free garden waste services when they were first introduced but are now having to charge to reflect the growing cost of providing a collection service."

Charging for green waste collection ensures that NBBC are able to continue the service and means that residents can have the choice whether to have their green waste collected or not.

If residents do not wish to opt-in to the garden waste scheme, there are other options such as composting at home and utilising Judkins household waste recycling centre. Warwickshire County Council have various offers on home composters which can be found alongside household recycling centre information.

Councillor Jill Sheppard, Portfolio holder for Central Services and Refuse said:

“It has been a difficult decision but in light of central government cuts we can no longer justify providing the green bin collection as a free service. At a £40 annual cost per bin, which works out as an average cost of 80p per week for a fortnightly collection we feel that it gives a valuable service at a good cost base as well as giving residents a choice on whether to continue receiving the service.

The majority of Councils across the country already charge for this service, NBBC have provided it for free for as long as possible but now unfortunately it is simply not feasible to do so any longer as we need the resources to protect frontline services.”

All information will be available to view on our website from Tuesday, 4 December. This includes terms and conditions of the service, answers to frequently asked questions and advice on how to sign up.

Visit: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/greenbin or call 024 7637 6170 during normal office hours.