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Green bin charge generates £1.3m

But council insists it will not make any profit from inaugural scheme

Fiona Tomas

Fiona Tomas


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Green bin charge generates £1.3m

WEST Berkshire Council has generated an income of £1.3m from its garden waste recycling charge.

This is £400,000 more than the local authority had anticipated in the scheme’s inaugural year.

Approximately 26,700 households have subscribed to the optional scheme, which charges £50 for the collection of their garden waste.

The numbers were revealed at a meeting of the district council’s executive on January 17.

The local authority had hoped 45 per cent of eligible households in the district would subscribe to the scheme – which was rolled out on September 3, 2018 – in order to reach its £900,000 annual net surplus target.

Despite the positive uptake, the council has stood by its claim that the scheme will not generate any profit and its actual net surplus will not be known until the end of the financial year.

Any surplus generated, the council says, will depend on a number of factors, including the costs of administering the scheme, final project costs and changes to waste disposal habits.

In October last year, opposition deputy leader Alan Macro (Lib Dem, Theale) accused the local authority of inadequately informing residents of a cheaper £25 option to have their garden waste recycled.

The £25 charge is included in the terms and conditions if residents opt for a part-year subscription.

Last year, figures showed neighbouring Reading Borough Council generated more than double what it claimed it needed by charging for green waste collection – £404,000 more – after introducing the charge in 2016.

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  • SloaneEsq

    04/02/2019 - 16:04

    This article reads like it's a bad thing for our local authority to have more money to spend on things like children's services, waste collection, streets and generally working to improve things. Nobody likes paying tax, so they have to find other means to pay for the services the majority use.


  • TheVoiceofReason

    29/01/2019 - 17:05

    The government recently announced plans to ban councils from charging for garden waste disposal due to the massive amount of methane gases released by dumping garden waste along with household waste.


  • sdm36

    29/01/2019 - 13:01

    So in the last couple of weeks we have seen the council make over a million quid from their sky high parking tariffs, and now they also stand to gain a massive amount from this ruse.. At the same time they have cut other vital services to the bone, claiming there is no money, yet they were able to awards themselves yet another pay rise this year. Stinks to high heaven. Must be run by Tories!


    • NoisyNortherner

      29/01/2019 - 14:02

      Also don't forget the fiasco around London Road where they illegally awarded the contract to a developer, were found out and told that it was illegal, spent hundreds of thousands denying it was illegal, and then have said that an internal inquiry should wait until after the local elections in May. The council in Newbury are an absolute disgrace.


  • Justin S

    29/01/2019 - 13:01

    Thats nearly as much money as they want to spend on air conditioning and refurb costs at council offices. They did a cheap job 10 years ago and never worked and they are doing another cheap job as not employing locally and if done right 10 years ago, wouldnt be in the same mess so soon. I believe the money is coming from selling land again. Which could have paid for something in our community. When will they not be a half job harry council ?


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