South Staffordshire Council approves garden waste collection charge
Released on 17 January 2020
South Staffordshire Council is to introduce an annual charge for collecting garden waste.
An annual charge of £43.60 per bin is set to be introduced in the first week of July 2020 when the garden waste collection service (green bin) will become a subscription-only service. Residents will need to opt-in and pay the subscription fee if they want the Council to collect their garden waste from this point onwards. Until then, the service will continue to be free of charge for all households in South Staffordshire.
Since 2005, the Council has collected garden waste from residents' homes for no additional charge. However, as a result of 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, garden waste service costs are projected to rise by 43% in two years' time.
Councillor Len Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services at South Staffordshire Council, said, “Having reviewed our service carefully, we find that we cannot continue to offer the garden waste collection service without a fee. Not everyone uses this service and the reduction in government funding and current financial pressures means we have difficult choices to make about our services. We remain as the fourth lowest Council Tax for district councils in England and remain committed to keeping costs to a minimum. The annual fee of £43.60 - less than 85p per week - has been calculated to reflect the anticipated cost of the service.
“Increasingly, councils are having to charge for this service and the latest data shows that 58% of local authorities in the UK now do so. It's not a statutory service but we are committed to continue providing it for those residents who wish to use it.
“It's been a difficult decision, but we hope that the introduction of this charge will not prove to be a barrier to recycling as residents can also dispose of their domestic garden waste free of charge at local Household Recycling Centres or through home composting."
Councillor Bates added, “There is no evidence to suggest that introducing a charge for garden waste increases fly-tipping and this is backed up by the experiences of other local authorities who have introduced similar charges. The Council will continue to monitor fly-tipping incidents and maintain our robust stance of ensuring those caught fly-tipping within the district are prosecuted."
This decision does not affect garden waste collections in South Staffordshire at the moment and residents should continue to use their green bin as they do now.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the garden waste collection service are available to view on the Council website and more information about how residents can opt-in and pay the subscription fee will be available in the coming months. Residents can also sign up to receive regular waste and recycling eAlerts from the Council.
A review of the garden waste collection service will take place during 2021/22.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000