Would you pay to have garden waste removed? North Herts District Council launches survey ahead of new recycling contract

PUBLISHED: 15:04 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 19 July 2017

North Herts District Council is considering charging for the brown bin service

North Herts District Council is considering charging for the brown bin service

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North Herts District Council is considering charging people for removing garden waste, it has been revealed.

North Herts District Council is considering charging people for removing garden waste, it has been revealed.

The council is mooting the idea of levying a fee on taxpayers to collect their compost and detritus gathered from lawns and flowerbeds across the district.

Working alongside East Herts District Council, the authority is drawing up a joint contract for waste and recycling in a bid to reduce the cost of providing these services to residents.

Before a new contract is awarded in October and set to commence in May 2018 – the council is quizzing residents on their views.

In the online survey released on Monday, residents are asked whether they would consider a ‘chargeable garden waste service’ and, if so, whether they would be willing to pay up to £40, £40-£55 or £56-£70 a year for the service.

A council spokeswoman said: “Currently the council collects food and garden waste fortnightly in the same brown bin.

“Although the council do not wish to stop this service, it has no legal obligation to collect garden waste.

“Bearing this in mind and the need for councils to save money, we are considering changing the service to a more frequent (weekly) food waste collection service alongside a chargeable garden waste service.”

Also on the table is whether to continue with a recycling service whereby one material – for example glass or paper – is collected separately, or to put all recycling in one bin.

Council leader Lynda Needham said: “We know the majority of residents feel waste, recycling and street cleansing are the most important services the council provides. That is why it’s important we seek views to help councillors make a decision on which contract options to go for.

“As councils are under severe financial pressure, there will clearly be some difficult decisions ahead, but both North and East Hertfordshire councils are committed to continuing to provide a high quality waste, recycling and street cleansing service.”

To take part in the survey visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHDCWaste – if you require a paper copy contact the council on 01462 474000, or visit the authority’s offices in Gernon Road, Letchworth.

The survey closes on August 31.

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