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Residents in Derby say a new £40 charge on the collection of brown bins for garden waste in Derby will lead to fly-tipping and unnecessary extra costs. From April next year the council will charge to collect garden rubbish as they look to make savings of around one million pounds.
The council are encouraging people to compost their garden waste at home and have said that all garden rubbish can be put in the regular black bin instead.
From April next year people in Derby will have to pay £40 for their garden rubbish to be collected as the city council put a stop to free collections of brown bins in a bid to save around a million pound.
This week will mark the final week of free collections from the council before it stops with plans to restart next April at a cost of £40 per collection. There will also be a £20 charge for any additional bins.
Derby City Council say the collection of garden waste is not a service they ‘must provide’ and is what is known as ‘a discretionary service’. They say the decision has been made because of government cuts which mean they need to make savings to balance their budget.
Garden waste can still be put in the regular black bins provided but if people would like the council to continuing collecting their bins they must sign up to the service by the end of 2013.