Green Bin FAQs

Changes to the garden waste collection service

From July 2020 the Council will be introducing a charge for emptying your green garden waste bin. The service will continue as now until July 2020.

Why is the Council introducing charges for collecting my green bin?

Due to ongoing central government cuts and reduced levels of funding received from Staffordshire County Council, who pay the Council to dispose of garden waste on their behalf. As a result, garden waste service costs are projected to rise by 43% by 2020.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, the change will ensure that those that want the service fund it in full. The service will operate on an opt-in basis and if you choose not to participate you will not need to pay.

Don't the Council have to collect my green bin by law?

No, this is a discretionary service and councils can choose to stop this service completely. We're aware however that this would take away a well-used service and while introducing a charge for garden waste collections may not be popular it does give households a choice and residents only need to pay if they wish to use it.

How much is the service going to cost?

£43.60 per bin which must be paid in full irrespective of the point during the scheme year at which you subscribe. Payment by instalments will not be possible and no concessions will be offered.

Are there any other changes to the service?

No. Your collection day and frequency of collection will remain unchanged.

How do I sign up for this service and when does it start?

You will be able to sign up from May 2020 and more information will be provided over the next few months. Please continue to use your green bin as normal.

How will crews know that I have subscribed?

Once payment is received you will receive a sticker that must be fixed to your bin so that it is visible to our crews. This sticker will need to be replaced every year following renewal of the annual subscription. Green bins that are presented without a sticker will not be emptied.

Is there a limit to the number of green bins that I can have?

There will be no limit to the number of green bins that we will empty from your property. The charge of £43.60 will apply to each green bin.

Will I be able to share a bin with a neighbour?

Yes but we will only communicate with the property that signs up to the service.

I don't want to subscribe to this service and would like you to remove my green bin

We will not be removing unwanted green bins at this time as they are relevant to the property and need to be present should there be a change of occupier who may wish to subscribe to the service. Also, it is important that green bins remain at properties should they need to be used as part of a future service change.

How else can I dispose of garden waste?

Garden waste can be taken to the HRCs (the ‘tips') operated by Staffordshire County Council or composted at home.

Won't this service change lead to more fly-tipping?

There is no evidence to suggest that introducing a charge for garden waste collections increases fly-tipping and this is backed up by the experiences of other local authorities that have introduced a charge. We work hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who fly-tips and take action through the courts if necessary.

How do I stay informed regarding any service change?

For the latest information you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to receive waste and recycling specific e-Alerts. More information on the garden waste collection service will be provided in the forthcoming South Staffordshire Review newsletter.

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