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Ryedale to introduce charge for collecting garden waste
2:19pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
HOUSEHOLDERS are to be asked to fork out cash if they want their garden waste to be collected.
Ryedale District Council is to introduce a £27-a -year charge for emptying residents’ garden waste bins as it struggles to meet savings’ targets.
Nationally, around a third of English councils are already separately charging their residents to collect garden waste – a service which currently costs Ryedale £285,730 per year.
Head of environment Phil Long said: “Garden waste collection is non-statutory. Introducing a charge for this discretionary service means the council will be better able to maintain delivery of other essential services.”
The authority is under increasing financial pressure as government funding to local authorities continues to fall - and is looking closely at all the services it provides.
But council leader Linda Cowling insisted residents would be able to opt out of the garden waste service if they wished.
She added: “This change in no way affects the statutory waste services already provided for non-recyclable waste, or other recycling materials collected directly from the kerbside.”
The council’s website – Ryedale.gov.uk - will be regularly updated so residents are clear on when and how to subscribe to the garden waste collection service.
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