Rutland County Council will consider introducing a small annual charge to cover the cost of collecting green waste from households with a green bin. While more and more green waste is being produced locally, the amount of money the Council can recover from recycled materials has fallen sharply. This has contributed to a rise in the overall cost of collecting and disposing of Rutland’s waste, which has now reached almost £2million a year. As a result, it is becoming too expensive to provide green waste collection for free and the Council must look at alternatives. Nationally, more than 70% of UK councils are expected to charge for green waste collection by the end of 2019. A review of Rutland’s green waste services has been added to the Council’s Forward Plan and a full report will be published in August. If approved by Cabinet, the proposal would then be discussed and a final decision made at Full Council in September. If introduced, charges would allow the Council to recover its costs with respect to green waste collection. The proposal would not apply to general household waste or recycling and there would be no change to how regularly bins are collected.
I shall have a bigger compost heap!