East Suffolk are to begin charging for green waste collections (your brown bin) in May 2018. The charge will be £43 per bin which works out at around £1.65 per fortnightly collection.
“The reality is that Suffolk Coastal District Council protected the ‘free’ collection of garden waste for as long as it could,” explained Cllr Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for the Green Environment.
“In 2015, when most of the councils across Suffolk and Norfolk introduced charging, we decided to maintain the ‘free’ garden waste collection service and to bear the cost of reduced Recycling Performance Payment support, despite the financial pressures on the Council.”
“However, at the time, we did recognise that this is a discretionary service that we provide and we always said we would have to keep this decision under review.”
Providing the organic waste collection and composting service currently costs Suffolk Coastal over £1.2 million a year. This cost has been exacerbated by the £200,000 per year reduction in support for recycling organic waste previously provided by Suffolk County Council.
“The key thing that people need to realise is that this is about us protecting local services and being able to keep Council Tax increases down to a minimum. Any funds raised from the garden waste collection service will be re-invested in providing services to local people and reducing our budget gap,” said Cllr Poulter.
Later in the year, subscribers to the scheme will also be given the option of receiving a free, larger (240 litre) green bin for their garden waste (240 litres is the most common wheeled bin size, but the current brown organic waste bins in Suffolk Coastal are 140 litres).
The new, larger green bins are expected to be delivered during the autumn (2018) to those residents who request one and have subscribed to the garden waste service.