Small increase in garden waste collections planned as council chiefs look to standardise charges

Richmondshire residents are set to be charged £25.50 a year for garden waste collections – a rise of just 50p.

Across the county there is likely to be a £43.50 difference in costs to dispose of their garden waste over the coming year as council officials introduce measures to bring collection charges into line.

Should North Yorkshire County Council’s proposals be approved by its executive on Tuesday, and then by district and borough councils, residents in Hambleton, Ryedale, Scarborough, Harrogate and Craven will face £43.50 garden waste collection fees from next month.

Bringing the charges into line will mean Craven residents paying an extra 20.8 per cent for the service this year and North Yorkshire council receiving an extra £350,000 of income.

However, as Richmondshire residents have 140-litre bins as opposed to 240-litre bins elsewhere, they should only be charged £25.50 this year to allow time for their bins to be replaced.

This year the charge was £25.

As Selby District Council has not charged for garden waste collections, the proposals state those residents will not face charges again, ahead of a consultation exercise, regarding the introduction of charges for the service there.

An officer’s report to the executive states: “Charges have been frozen for several years for most authorities and therefore now is a good time to review the charges. It is also a good time to harmonise the charge ahead of the formation of North Yorkshire Council such that it is fair to all residents across the county.

“The most recent data indicates that taking inflation into account the average cost in the Yorkshire and Humber region was around £44 for fortnightly collections. Set in this context the proposal of harmonising at £43.50 is reasonable.

“Garden waste collections are not statutory services, but are valued by tens of thousands of households across the county who have been paying for their permit for many years. As a non-statutory service, it is not fair for people who do not use the service to have to subsidise it.”

The report highlights “there is potential to lose some subscribers as a result of any increase in fees and charges”, but says those residents who do not renew the subscrition typically choose to compost at home instead.

The authority’s Green Party group leader, Councillor Andy Brown, said: “In principle councils should be paying residents to do the right thing, instead of charging them for doing the right thing.

“However, the reality is all councils are broke and the new unitary council does create some clumsy standardisation necessities.”

Coun Brown, whose Aire Valley communities are facing garden waste fee rises of more than 20 per cent, said while the authority had made an effort to cushion the jolt of standardising council tax demands across the county, “very few people are in the position where they can put up with any increases in any bills”.

He added: “I think the charge increases will be a difficult one to swallow. There’s always a risk of when you increase charges for doing the right thing you increase fly-tipping.”

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  1. Why do we have to source new bigger bins for Richmondshire when we have green bins already. It is a waste of money, what will happen to the bins we already have?

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