Register for new garden waste collection service now!
Released on 6 May 2020
Online registration is now open for South Staffordshire Council's new garden waste collection service, which is scheduled to start on Monday 29 June 2020.
The Council is introducing an annual charge for collecting garden waste and residents can sign up now at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/gardenwaste or from Monday 18 May 2020 by calling 01902 696000.
Costing £43.60 per green bin per year, the introduction of the subscription-only service means that households in the district will need to opt-in and pay an annual subscription charge if they want the Council to continue to collect their garden waste. Until then, garden waste collections will continue to be free of charge for all households in South Staffordshire and residents should continue to use their green bin as they do now.
Online registration is quick and easy using a computer, tablet or smartphone and residents are encouraged to sign up by Friday 12 June 2020 to guarantee no loss of service.
“The introduction of an annual charge for green waste collections is vital to ensure the continuation of the Council being able to provide our residents with an easy and convenient way of disposing of garden waste," said Councillor Len Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services at South Staffordshire Council.
“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 that we have had to push through on this difficult decision to enable us to resource this service for those residents who wish to use it.
“It's been a difficult decision and one that was made by our Members at the beginning of the year on 7 January 2020. However, the annual fee of £43.60 - less than 85p per week - has been calculated to reflect the anticipated cost of the opt-in service and we believe that it still represents great value for money for our residents. We remain as the fourth lowest Council Tax for district councils in England and remain committed to keeping costs to a minimum.
“We hope that the introduction of this charge will not prove to be a barrier to recycling. Residents can also dispose of their domestic garden waste free of charge at the local Household Recycling Centres run by Staffordshire County Council when they re-open with social distancing measures, or through home composting.
“Composting is the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of green waste and if you no longer require the garden waste collection service, home composting is a great alternative. Many of our residents have composted at home for years, producing a nutrient rich product for their soil from their unwanted garden waste and some food waste."
South Staffordshire Council has teamed up with www.getcomposting.com to provide residents with home compost bins at a reduced cost and starting from £19 per bin. For more information, visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk/homecompost.
More information about the new garden waste collection service is available to view on the Council website at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/waste and residents can also sign up to receive regular waste and recycling eAlerts.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000