Council proposing to reintroduce charges for garden waste service

Amber Valley Borough Councillors are being asked to reintroduce an annual charge for the Council’s garden waste service, starting in March next year.

The service, costing £350,000 per year, has been free to users since 2013, when a £40 fee was dropped, but officers are now recommending that the fee be reintroduced as part of measures to address the Council’s budget shortfall. The service would only continue if income from customers covered its whole cost.

If Councillors approve the proposal at a Full Council meeting on 13 July, officers will contact all the existing users of the service to see whether they want to continue for a fee of £40 per year. Those residents of the Borough who have, to date, been unable to benefit because it has been operating at full capacity will also now have the chance to join, with an initial one-off payment of £20 to cover the supply and delivery of a bin and then the £40 annual fee.

Cllr Chris Short, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “The reintroduction of the charge has been made necessary by the scale of the savings the Council needs to make. We need to deal with a complete withdrawal of Government funding of £2.3 million per year by 2020/21 when we already have a budget deficit from previous annual reductions. Knowing how much residents value the service we didn’t want to just stop it and therefore the only option was to make sure it pays for itself, through a fee.  

 

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