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Website launched for garden waste service subscription

Article date - 26 April 2017

St Helens Council will introduce a small charge to its non-statutory garden waste collection service from Monday 5 June.
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Today (26 April) sees the launch of the website, which residents can access to subscribe to the service online. The website contains all the information about the service and the changes to it, and includes a frequently-asked-questions section. Residents across the borough will also receive a leaflet with the same next week.

Alternatively, from Tuesday 2 May residents can sign up over the telephone by calling the council’s Contact Centre on 01744 676789.

The change comes as the council looks to make savings of £7.4m for the 2017/18 financial year in order to protect vital services.

Almost half of all councils in the UK now charge for green waste collection, which is not covered by Council Tax.

The charge of £30 (£1.50 per collection) if done online – or £35 a year (£1.75 per collection) with a credit or debit card over the phone – will apply to registered residents for the fortnightly collection of garden waste, which currently costs the council £931,000 per year in operational costs.

Residents are reminded that free computer access is available in local libraries. Subscribe early to the garden waste collection service to ensure your garden waste collections continue over the summer.

Residents who subscribe will be provided with a licence sticker to attach to their green bin, and will be required to renew their subscription annually.

Households who choose not to subscribe to the scheme are advised to make their own alternative disposal arrangements, whether that is through any free Household Waste Recycling Centres, or by home composting. Non-subscribers’ garden waste will not be collected from 5 June. Brown general waste bins found to contain garden waste will not be emptied.

Surplus green bins can be kept for storage, or used as a water butt. If unwanted, residents can arrange for their green bins to be collected during the service’s winter break.

The subscription period will run from 5 June 2017 until the end of May 2018 with a winter break during December, January and February when no collections will take place.