Thousands Subscribe to Garden Waste Collections
8 January 2019 Local News
More than 6,000 households have now paid an annual subscription so they can have their garden waste collected all year round in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
A new paid-for service will be launched from 11 February and residents are being encouraged to sign-up using an online form over the coming weeks.
They can pay the £36 annual fee – which works out in a full calendar year at around 69 pence a week – by visiting the Council’s website which is www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk .
Council officials said today they are encouraged by the take-up rate so far and even had people going on to its website and paying their subscriptions on Christmas Day (10), Boxing Day (72) and New Year’s Day (143).
A significant number of residents have also signed up for a “My Account” which will enable them to access and track online their own personal interactions with the Borough Council.
The Borough Council’s previous free service was supported by £270,000 income from Staffordshire County Council in the form of “recycling credits.
This income will reduce significantly over the next four years and that means that the Borough Council has to find a way of making the service financially self-sufficient as the county withdraws this funding.
Introducing a producer-pays principle means only households who use the service will pay extra for it.
Cllr. Trevor Johnson, the Borough Council’s Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “We have had 6,031 households pay for 6,500 bins so far. We launch the new chargeable garden waste collections next month and I am encouraging as many people as possible to sign-up so we can provide this service to them.”
Garden waste bins will be emptied fortnightly on the opposite week to normal refuse bin collections and they will be on the same weekday. There will be no programmed winter shutdown. Collections will only be suspended in cases of bad weather.
The Council has circulated news about the changes to its garden waste collections using its website, social media, tags put on garden waste bins during November and also letters sent to all homes before Christmas.
For further information relating to the service changes please go to the Council’s website www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk