Sunderland To Charge For Garden Waste In Bid To Save £800,000

Garden-Waste-ciwm-sunderlandSunderland City Council has announced that it will introduce an annual £25 charge for fortnightly collections of garden waste in a move that it states could help it save more than £800,000 per year.

Cabinet members have agreed the charge for kerbside collections of garden waste, and this will commence in March 2016. It began collecting and recycling garden waste in 2004, and it currently collects from 80,000 of the city’s 123,000 properties.

Councillor Michael Mordey, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Services, said: “Our waste and recycling team have already put significant service changes in place, in response to a reduction in resources, including the move to a four day working week.

“The demand for the garden waste collection service continues to increase, as more new homes are built, but the funding we receive to run the service has reduced, and continues to do so. This means that we had to look at other ways of running the service, or lose it altogether.”

The Council stated in its press release about the charge that “Almost a third of local authorities in England and Wales, including Gateshead, County Durham and Newcastle, charge for the collection of garden waste, with charges ranging from £20 to £69 per year.”

 

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