Garden waste service to continue

Published Wednesday, 07 January 2015

Green-fingered residents in Hinckley and Bosworth will be able recycle their garden waste for free for another year after councillors agreed to fund the service until March 2016.

Leicestershire County Council currently pays the Borough Council around £500,000 each year in recycling credits towards the cost of collecting garden waste for recycling. However, the County Council will remove recycling credits for garden waste from April 2015. The removal of this funding has forced the Borough Council to consider how the service can be provided and paid for in the future. 

Councillors were initially planning to consult with residents about the future of the service this winter but at a full Council meeting in December, councillors agreed to use additional income from planning fees in 2014/15 to cover the cost of the garden waste collection service from April 2015 until March 2016, in order to allow more time for all of the alternative options to be explored more fully within the council and with residents.

Residents will now be asked for their views on how the garden waste recycling service should be provided and paid for in the longer term in a consultation this year.

Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member responsible for Neighbourhood Services, said:

“I am delighted that our officers have been able to locate extra funding from additional income brought in by the large amount of new homes being built. The green waste is a major part of our recycling tonnage and without this our EEC target percentages would fall from the above-target rate of 56% which we are currently achieving."

Last updated: 07/01/2015 15:24