New garden waste charges for South Ribble

Residents in South Ribble will pay for their green waste collections from April 1, 2018.

The Council is one of the last in Lancashire to introduce the annual subscription fee to collect garden waste.

The move comes after Lancashire County Council announced plans to withdraw almost £1m of funding that supports the collection of recycling in South Ribble.

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “This was an extremely difficult decision for members to make as part of our budget proposals for 2017/18.

“However, due to Lancashire County Council withdrawing almost £1m of funding that supports the collection of green waste in South Ribble, we have sadly been left with no choice but to introduce these charges.

“They will come into effect from April 1 2018 and until then all green waste collections will continue as normal.

“We will contact each household before the end of the year to fully explain the changes and how it will impact on residents.

“South Ribble is one of the last councils in Lancashire to announce these charges and we remain absolutely committed to delivering excellent services which represent real value for money for our taxpayers.”

Your quick guide to green waste:

What is green waste?

Green waste is collected in your brown bin and can include:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Leaves
  • Branches
  • Weeds
  • Dead plants
  • Flowers

How much will it cost to collect?

Not all residents have a brown bin, but if you do, and still wish for it to be collected, there will be an annual charge of £30 – around 60p a week – per bin.

How often will it be collected?

The brown bins will be collected fortnightly on a specified date.

How can I join the scheme?

You will be sent full details about how to sign-up for the collections with your new waste calendar in November and all of the information will be available on our website and social media pages (Facebook. Collections will continue as normal until the end of March 2018.

Do I need a new bin?

No, you will use the same brown bin that you already have.

What if I don’t want to pay?

We’d encourage you to dispose of your green waste at your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre for free or use home composting.

You can find out more information about our waste and recycling service by clicking here.