From April 2012 we will have to pay if they want their garden waste collected.
The scheme will apply right across the borough and is expected to save the council £992,000 each year.
Householders will be given unlimited recycling boxes, but they will only get 80 official council black sacks a year – fewer than two a week.
Recycling collections will increase to weekly collections and the residual waste in sacks will also be collected weekly.
The garden waste scheme will be optional and available to everyone in the borough for a £60 annual charge. Residents will get a 240-litre garden waste wheelie bin for the money or they can buy 75-litre compostable sacks – either way they will be collected fortnightly for those who pay to be involved.
The real question should be what impact this will have on waste collection rates and on residents, not just how much can be saved. Some councils in the past have moved to alternate weekly collection to reduce costs and cut waste. Its not appropriate for every area though.
Those of us who have bought green waste bags already will be a little miffed if they will no longer be collected. They should buy back the garden waste backs in return for the new ones.