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Council's £50 green bin charge higher than national average

Residents who opt into scheme will pay more than some other parts of the country

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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Will this make you opt into West Berkshire's garden waste collection?

WEST Berkshire residents who opt into the council’s £50 green bin charge will be paying more than the national average for the service.

Data collected by BBC One’s  Rip Off Britain programme revealed that the average cost for garden waste collection is £42.40 a year.

This is £7.60 lower than the optional, flat-rate charge that West Berkshire Council will bring into force “later this summer”.

Rip Off Britain gathered responses under the Freedom of Information Act from 322 of the 326 UK local authorities responsible for waste collection.

It found that 172 currently charge to pick up garden waste, but there is huge disparity among collection prices.  

West Berkshire residents who opt into the scheme will be paying less than half than those in Harlow, who have to pay £96 a year.

The lowest average costs were £18 a year in Monmouthshire, South East Wales, and £22 a year in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

It also emerged that total charges for green waste collection have risen by £31.6m over the past three financial years. 

Speculation remains as to when West Berkshire Council will implement the controversial charge.

It was originally due to roll out the scheme on July 1, but then delayed it.

The announcement, made last week, followed the publication of figures which showed neighbouring Reading Borough Council raised £404,000 more than it had originally anticipated through its garden waste collection scheme.

Reading also charges a £50 green bin charge, which will rise to £60 next April.

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  • Justin S

    03/07/2018 - 17:05

    From being with friends in Wokingham at the weekend. They pay £60 a year for their green bin. But, they pay a similar cost for the annual council tax to me , with a similar property . But the crux is that they still do weekly refuse collections , so somehow we are not able to deal with waste financially compared to WDC. I know every council is different and we are definitely that , with tarmacking wrong roads and patching other more vital routes ( see A340 to Pangbourne) but something isn't adding up with WBC . Waste is now whats in the council offices at desks in control.


  • sdm36

    03/07/2018 - 12:12

    Whats the cost actually for? Green waste does a really good job of decomposing when left to itself and produces a good fertilizer; mulch. So it's free to process and can be sold when decomposed, the only cost I can think of is the land to let it sit on, which I'm sure the council has access to, and the cost of collection. Now offset those costs against the potential sales of the mulch and you'd have to be stupid to lose money on the venture, however when you charge errrrbody £50 on top, suddenly the board members and shareholders are making a packet... That sounds fair to the residents, oh wait it's a stitch up, typical Conservatives!!


  • NewburyResident

    03/07/2018 - 08:08

    Perhaps we should stop using the other recycling services as a protest and see how long it takes to abolish this charge. Meanwhile bonfire anyone?


  • paulGT11

    02/07/2018 - 14:02

    The fact that the cost is below the national average, does not make it fair!


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