Council garden bin charges to rise - despite high numbers signing up

GARDEN bin subscriptions are to increase to £40 — despite the council achieving more sign-ups than expected.

The collections were announced at that price when council bosses unveiled plans for the bins shake-up in 2017.

The annual cost was reduced by £1 after consultation and RMBC hoped to see a third of the borough’s 116,700 households sign up.

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And the number of orders exceeded expectations, with the 40,000th brown bin being delivered this summer — helping the council collect more than £1.5 million.

But the full fee for year two of the paid-for service will be £40, the council announced this week, although a discounted rate of £37 is offered for early sign-ups.

Tom Smith, assistant director of community safety and streetscene, said: “The garden waste collection has been hugely popular since we introduced it last year.

“There are a number of ways residents can renew their subscription or sign up if they want to start receiving the collection by going online or signing up to the new direct debit.”

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Households choosing not to renew will not have their brown bin emptied after the end of January.

Renewals can be done at or on 01709 382121, including by direct debit, with the earlybird offer ending on December 20.

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