Wyre to charge £30 for emptying your green bin?
Householders in Garstang and the rest of Wyre look likely to be charged for having their green/garden refuse wheely bins emptied as from next spring.
As part of its cuts Lancashire County Council is pulling out of it cost sharing deal with Wyre Council, which currently runs the fortnightly green bin service free of charge.
But Wednesday’s meeting of Wyre’s ruling cabinet is being urged to make up for the almost £1,000,000 lost due to the county’s withdrawal from the scheme by charging £30 a year for emptying green bins.
Householders will be given the opportunity to opt into the £30 a year collection service, to dispose of their green waste themselves or start composting.
A report to Wednesday’s cabinet meeting says: “Wyre Council can choose to levy a charge for residents for the collection of green waste … A charge is already made by around a third of local authorities in the UK, including Pendle in Lancashire. Many districts in Lancashire are also considering introducing a charge to offset the loss of funding from Lancashire County Council.”
The report suggests introducing “a £30 per year subscription charge for a green domestic size waste bin collection (1 wheeled bin x 22 collections per year – with no collections from early December to mid-January.” For each additional wheely bin there would be a fee of £25 a year. There would be no reductions for part-year subscriptions.
Councillors have been told that following the introduction of charges there is a risk that householders would put green waste in their other bins, which could lead to the need for more resources to collect the additional waste!
If, as looks likely, the charge is introduced sometime between April and June next year Wyre residents will be advised of alternative options for managing garden waste, such as taking it to their local household waste recycling centre themselves or to consider home composting.
The charges plan will be discussed in public at Wyre’s Cabinet meeting at Poulton civic centre on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.