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In the news: Cabinet Members approve improvements to garden waste collection service

Basildon Council's Cabinet Members have agreed on improvements to garden waste collections.

The improvements agreed mean the introduction of a weekly, chargeable collection service that will be optional for residents. Currently, garden waste is collected on a fortnightly basis. 

The optional service would mean a cost of £50 for one garden waste bin to be collected per year. This amount would reduce by 50% to £25 for any additional bins purchased. Residents will also be able to share bins with neighbours to reduce the cost. 

The agreed charge equates to £4.17 per month and will come into effect later this year.

Residents can email recycling@basildon.gov.uk to be notified once the sign up system is live.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Carbon Reduction, Councillor Kevin Blake said: "Not everyone has a garden or uses our garden waste collection service. Introducing a weekly, chargeable service at a fairly priced rate is something that needed to be considered.

"This is something that a lot of neighbouring boroughs do already, and it will allow us to move from a fortnightly to a weekly collection service for the residents who sign up. 

"I thank both the cross-party Waste Member Working Group for their extensive work that led to these proposals, and I thank the Scrutiny Committee for their helpful comments on them ahead of this decision".

ENDS

Published on Friday 20 January 2023