Welwyn Hatfield Council outlines brown bin plans

PUBLISHED: 13:49 02 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:49 02 February 2017

Cllr Helen Bromley

Cllr Helen Bromley

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The borough council has outlined how brown bins will be collected after the controversial charge was passed last month.

Welwyn Hatfield residents will have to pay £35 annually for garden waste pick-ups from April.

Payments will initially be made online or by phone, although residents should eventually be able to sign up to a subscription scheme using direct debit payments, the council said.

Residents can register at any point – but the full fee will remain the same.

Signed-up addresses will be added to an electronic database, enabling crews to identify those subscribed to the service.

Regarding climate change implications, the council said: “Food waste may be redirected to the black refuse bin, until such time as an alternative collection and treatment solution can be found.”

It said this will “slightly” increase the amount of waste disposed of through landfill or energy recovery, but added food waste prevention and home composting would be promoted.

The council confirmed that schools, places of worship and other establishments that generate waste will also be required to pay the charge.

In addition, if garden waste is placed in black bins, or food waste in brown bins, they will be deemed as “contaminated” and left uncollected, the council warned.

Cllr Helen Bromley, environment portfolio holder, said: “In the face of continued cuts to our budget by central government, we have no choice but to find alternative ways of funding some services, or cutting them completely.

“Many councils have been charging to collect garden waste for a number of years. The charge will help us to further develop a more efficient and effective service for those residents who do subscribe.

“Our consultation clearly showed how much people value the brown bin collection and I’m confident our high service standards will continue as we introduce these changes.”

Scheme details will be made available on the council’s website, leaflets will be delivered and a confirmation letter with further details will be sent to addresses that sign up.

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