A CHARGE is being introduced for garden waste collections in Warwick district.
The subscription fee of £20 was agreed by Warwick District Council (WDC) yesterday (Wednesday) for customers who opt for a fortnightly green bin collection, beginning on August 1 until the end of March 2023. From April 2023 the cost will be £44 per annum, in line with charges in Stratford district with which WDC is planning to merge to form a combined South Warwickshire council.
WDC Coun Alan Rhead, spokesman for environment and neighbourhood services said: “This was a difficult decision, but as the collection of garden waste is a discretionary service, we would rather give our residents the choice of paying rather than withdrawing it completely.
“On the plus side, our new South Warwickshire 123+ system starting from August will see separate kerbside food waste collections every week in addition to the introduction of a co-mingled recycling service. We’ll also be promoting the home composting option available to residents should they want to do this instead, which is a great way of creating a good quality soil conditioner from the cuttings in your garden.
“Approximately nine per cent of every household’s total council tax bill is allocated to Warwick District Council for the all the services we provide – £176.86 a year for Band D – from this residents pay on average 48p a week for their waste and recycling collections, which we believe offers good value for money.”
In Stratford district, the introduction of a £40 charge proved controversial with many residents concerned it would reduce recycling efforts and lead to ‘rubbish burning’, while others thought it might drive home composting efforts. In December, Stratford District Council revealed subscriptions had reached over 20,000 subscriptions since its introduction in April 2021.
Warwick district’s new green bin subscription service will be introduced from August 1 with permits available to purchase from May.
There will be further information available on the Warwick District Council website in due course, along with details of the new 123+ waste collection service.