Increase in garden waste bin charge to £35 a year confirmed

JPCT 20-11-12 S12460521X Horsham Brown green waste recycle bin -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120121120150025
JPCT 20-11-12 S12460521X Horsham Brown green waste recycle bin -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120121120150025

The cost of garden waste bin collections will rise by up to 30 per cent for Horsham district residents.

Horsham District Council introduced a £29 a year fee in 2013 for every household wanting their brown-topped wheelie bin emptied, and this charge has been frozen for each of the last two years.

But from April this will rise to £35 a year for those paying by direct debit or online, and £37.50 for those paying via the council’s contact centre or by post.

The fee for an extra green waste bin collection will rise from £15 to £20 a year.

Roy Cornell, cabinet member for the environment, said: “The cost for garden waste collection has remained static for the past three years but we are having to introduce these nominal increases to cover increased operational costs. The collection service still represents excellent value for money and remains the cheapest garden waste service in West Sussex.

“There are many benefits to residents who choose to participate in the scheme, including collections every fortnight even in winter (with a very short break over Christmas and New Year).

“Participation also means that residents contribute to the circular economy, with garden waste collected, composted and re-sold for a small charge.

“Revive Compost can be purchased at any Household Waste Recycling Site, for enquiries residents are urged to ask a member of staff next time they visit.”

Residents can sign up for the 2016/17 service or renew in early February.

Signing up online is quick, easy and secure. For more details and to sign up or renew visit Horsham District Council’s website at www.horsham.gov.uk/bins/garden-waste or phone 01403 739459.

There is no administration fee for customers paying by direct debit or paying online. An administration fee of £2.50 will be applied to customers paying by credit or debit card over the phone.

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