Improvements to council’s garden waste service
At a Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cabinet meeting held last night (Tuesday 13 November), councillors gave the go-ahead to an improved waste collection scheme from January 2019 which will bring a number of benefits and increase the local recycling rate.
There will be more collections made over 50 weeks of the year – currently the service runs over 44 weeks – and customers will have the option of using a large brown wheeled bin which will take more waste than the current two sacks. There will also be a Christmas tree collection for the first time included in the service.
Customer service and efficiency will be improved, with the introduction of a rolling year payment scheme for customers to sign up to a full year’s subscription which will be renewable on the date they joined the scheme.
The garden waste service will include an increase from 22 to 25 collections a year and there will be the option to purchase a 240-litre wheeled bin as an alternative to the 90 litre sacks.
The improved service will cost £42 a year, increasing from £35 at present, which covers the cost of more collections and additional benefits. When the service becomes available for residents to sign up, there will be an introductory offer of £18 to buy a new brown bin, until Sunday 31 March 2019. The one-off charge for the bin will revert to the normal price of £28 from Monday 1 April 2019.
Customers will still have the option of placing their garden waste in their two sacks for collection – this will also cost £42 a year. Additional sacks will incur a £21 charge. Alternatively, residents can have both a bin and the sacks if required.
Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “The council’s garden waste service is very popular with more than 10,500 residents now subscribing to the service.
“By introducing more green waste collections for the majority of the year, together with the option of a large wheeled 240 litre brown bin which will give better value for money, we hope to attract even more residents to benefit from the collections.
“The service is a convenient and cost-effective way to recycle your garden waste, avoiding trips to the Household Recycling Centre and contributing to the borough’s recycling rate. I would encourage residents who regularly collect garden waste throughout the year to consider this excellent service.”
For more information on the garden waste service visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/gardenwaste