Residents face garden waste collection fees

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HOUSEHOLDS in Sheffield can sign up to a new fortnightly collection service for their garden waste – but will have to pay for it on top of their council tax.

The proposal has been announced by Sheffield Council and contractor Veolia to replace the present free green bin and green sack service which is being axed to save £1.5 million each year.

Residents are also being offered discounted compost bins for £12. A Veolia spokeswoman said: “The introduction of a chargeable garden waste collection service will mean only those residents who wish to use the service will actually be required to pay.

“Residents with gardens who do not want to pay for a collection service will be able to dispose of their garden waste free of charge at any of the five Household Waste Recycling Centres located across the city or by home composting.”

Residents who opt into the subscription-based scheme will be able to use their existing green bin in areas which have them, or will be given green sacks.

Details of fees for the service have not yet been revealed and the council has also not said whether there will be a final free green waste collection, an idea the authority’s leadership is considering.

The green waste plans follow an announcement that all households in Sheffield will be able to choose which recyclables they put in either their blue bin or box.

The council is also going ahead with the reduction in frequency of black bin collections from weekly to fortnightly to save £2.4 million a year – although little will be saved in the first year due to one-off costs such as redundancies.