Free green bin collection ends today

You will have to pay �40 to have your garden waste collected by the council NNL-170802-171943001
You will have to pay �40 to have your garden waste collected by the council NNL-170802-171943001

Today (Friday, March 31) is the last day of free green bin collections in Rugby – the new paid service starts on Monday.

Around 13,000 households have opted in to the £40-per-bin service so far, with about two thirds signing up online.

Rugby Borough Council will only empty garden waste bins displaying a valid sticker showing they are part of the scheme.

The council’s decision to charge for the service did not go down well with a attempt by the Liberal Democrats to stop it and 1,555 people signing an online petition.

The service costs £40 per bin which entitles residents to a fortnightly garden waste collection up to the end of March 2018, apart from a short break at Christmas.

A financial shortfall after government changes to the way councils are funded was the reason the council decided to start making residents pay.

The savings will be achieved by a combination of income from the service, reducing the number of rounds, and more efficient collection routes, a spokesman said.

Nearly half of all local authorities already charge or plan to charge for garden waste collection, including neighbouring Harborough District Council, which is not a service councils must provide.

Portfolio holder for environment and public realm Cllr Lisa Parker said when the scheme was announced in February: “The new service allows those residents who want a garden waste collection service to continue to have one while removing the financial burden from general taxation.

“The change also supports a key objective of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which is to reduce the amount of waste collected, while providing valuable information for the partnership’s work stream on charging for garden waste collections.”

Full details of the garden waste collection service can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste.