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Preston brown bin charge launches as city council offers early bird discount

Posted on - 11th May, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Politics, Preston Council
A charge would be made for each brown bin collected by the council

A charge would be made for each brown bin collected by the council

Preston’s charge for having your garden waste collected comes into force from early July.

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Brown bins are to cost £30 per year to be collected in an opt-in scheme.

Preston City Council is introducing the charge from Monday 4 July.

The brown bin charge is understood to save around £500,000-a-year for the council.

Home owners with brown bins are being urged to sign up before Sunday 19 June to access the £20 early bird fee.

A full annual charge during this financial year is £25 and stepping up to the £30 from April 2017.

Council leader councillor Peter Rankin said: “Charging for the collection of garden waste is just one of a range of difficult decisions we’ve had to make in order to help reduce costs, due to ongoing government budget cuts.

“However, we are determined to continue offering great value for money services in Preston and would urge our residents to support the council and sign up to this scheme.”

Cabinet member for environment councillor Robert Boswell said: “Many people in Preston are committed to recycling and our rates have increased substantially in recent years. I hope this new scheme encourages people to carry on the great work done so far.”

Signup to the scheme is via the city council website.

Key things you need to know

– If you have a brown bin and don’t opt into the scheme the bin will be removed and you will need to make alternative arrangements to dispose of garden waste

– The charge per collection for the brown bin works out at £1.35 per collection

Will you be opting in? What do you think about the charge? Let us know in the comments below

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