Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council have approved proposals to charge for garden waste bin services from January 2018

Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council have approved proposals to charge for the garden waste service provided by the councils’ Joint Waste Service. From 1 January 2018, residents across the two areas will be asked to pay from £36 per bin per year for a fortnightly garden waste collection service, which works out around £1.40 per collection. 

All residents will receive a leaflet explaining how they can sign up and pay for their garden waste collections before the end of this year. Once signed up households will receive a sticker to put on their garden waste bin and the computer systems in the recycling crews’ vehicles will be updated so they know which bins are in the scheme and need to be emptied. The councils are considering a direct debit payment option, so that residents don’t need to remember to sign up annually.

Preparations for charging will take place throughout the summer and residents’ garden waste collections will stop on 1 January 2018, unless they have signed up to the new scheme. If residents wish to continue to receive a fortnightly garden waste collection from 1 January 2018 they will be able to opt in to the garden waste scheme towards the end of 2017.

If households don’t want to or can’t afford the annual charge, composting at home is a great alternative that is low cost and also good for the environment. Composting bins are on offer through a partnership with Recycle for Staffordshire & Stoke. Find out more at www.getcomposting.com. There is also the option to dispose of garden waste at household waste recycling centres, which is free of charge.

A set of Frequently Asked Questions have been developed at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/gardenfaqs and www.tamworth.gov.uk/gardenfaqs