Watford residents wanting to have their excess garden waste collected from their doorstep must join the council’s new garden waste scheme from 1 August 2017. Over 600 residents have already signed up for extra green bins to ensure that their additional garden waste will be collected from tomorrow, 1 August.
Any additional bins for garden waste which are not displaying the sticker will not be collected by the council’s environmental services partner, Veolia, as the sticker shows them that the extra green bins have been paid for. No sticker, no collection!
The good news for Watford residents is that one green bin – for both food and garden waste – will still be collected free of charge. However, from 1 August, any extra green bins people use for garden waste will only be collected if householders have registered for the new scheme and paid an annual fee of £35 for each extra bin. The payment, which comes to less than 70p per week, covers collections for a year, from 1 August to 31 July and payments will need to be made annually. The sooner you sign up, the better value for you. If you want to use the additional green bin service, sign up as soon as possible at watford.gov.uk/additionalgreenbins It takes about a week to get everything in place but once the payment is processed and you have the sticker on the bin, your collection will start.
If people do not want to join the new scheme, there are other ways to get rid of excess garden waste. Composting at home with food waste like vegetable peelings, tea bags, and egg shells is really environmentally friendly and you get fantastic fresh compost to use on your garden. Alternatively, it can be taken to local recycling centres. Watford Borough Council is introducing the scheme in response to central government’s significant cuts to the money it once paid towards local services. For Watford, this means £3m less to spend each year by 2020. Charging for additional green bin collections is just one way that the council is finding to raise income or cut costs to help fill this budget gap and protect vital local services.
Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Community and Environmental Services, said:
“While the council is facing difficult decisions on how we spend our reduced budget we have made sure that Watford households will still have one green bin collected at no extra charge. This means there is no additional change to the service for the vast majority of residents, which is good news. However, to have additional garden waste collected from your home for just £35 a year is great value and more convenient and environmentally friendly than driving it to a local recycling centre yourself.”
The additional green bins must only contain garden waste, food can continue to be recycled in the first green bin. For those on benefits, there are discounts are available to residents who qualify.