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Council considers charges for garden waste collections

Council considers charges for garden waste collections

Published at 12:26pm 8th October 2015. (Updated at 2:51pm 8th October 2015)

Households across the Harrogate District could soon be charged to have their garden waste collected.

At the moment, a free kerbside wheeled bin collection is only available to around 60% of residential properties, with other residents having to buy disposable bags.

Harrogate Borough Council is proposing a new service which will be offered to all suitable properties for an annual fee of £39.

Full details of the changes have not yet been decided, but only residents who choose to receive the service would pay for it.

Subsidised compost bins will be offered to those who don't want to participate.

Revenue generated from the new service would support other environmental initiatives, such as expanding the kerbside recycling scheme to include more materials.

Councillor Michael Harrison, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: "Since introducing our kerbside garden waste recycling collection service, we have seen a huge reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill. However, we have an anomaly whereby some residents either have no service, or are having to buy green garden waste bags which go straight to landfill, whilst other residents receive a superior wheeled bin garden waste recycling service at no charge.

"This situation will only get worse as the district grows, as there is no realistic prospect of rolling out the wheeled bin service in its current format to any more properties. Introducing a charge will enable the Council to respond to increasing demand, but ensure only those residents who want to use the service pay for it. In addition, the revenue generated will give the Council flexibility to invest in our other kerbside recycling schemes, which could see items such as brown cardboard, additional plastics and tetra paks being collected"

"A public consultation will allow residents to have their say on the plans for the garden waste service. Residents will be kept fully informed, should the decision be made to introduce any changes to the service. Any changes would not be introduced before summer 2017."

A public consultation is expected to run between 19 October and 22 November on the council's website.