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Price Of Garden Waste Collections In Scarborough Could Rise

Price Of Garden Waste Collections In Scarborough Could Rise

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 2:31pm 23rd October 2019.

The price of garden waste collections in Scarborough could be set rise next year.

Borough councillors will be asked to add £5 a year to brown bin collection licences as the council looks to offset rising costs.

A report prepared for the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Board ahead of its meeting on Wednesday (30th) notes that the cost of providing bins and garden waste sacks has also risen since the council last looked at its pricing, meaning it is now making a loss when selling both items to residents.

The report adds that the loss of funding from recycling credits from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) also meant the current £33 a year licence for fortnightly collections was not sustainable.

It concluded:

“The council faces considerable budgetary pressure and this, coupled with the reduction in financial support from NYCC, leaves little option when considering the pricing strategy for 2020/21.

An increase to £38 for a licence would result in a net neutral budget position for the council and prevent additional savings having to be found from elsewhere.”

The charge for a new brown bin and for 10 garden waste sacks would also rise by £5 to £20 under the proposals.

In the financial year 2018/19 the council collected approximately 6,000 tonnes of garden waste but its overall recycling rate was 35.3%, which is just above the bottom quartile for performance nationally and the lowest in North Yorkshire.

The £38 figure would put Scarborough £11 above the national average for collection and make the total first-year payment for a new customer, including the bin, £58, the highest in the county. Currently, 16,262 residents in the borough have a garden waste licence.

The Overview and Scrutiny Board will be asked to support the proposals when it meets next week.


There are 3 comments on this page.

zara, on 23rd October 2019 5:12pm
perhaps if they spent money on this service which is what the tax payers pay them to do instead of wasting it on 'climate change emergency' groups they might actually start doing something useful.
Fileyman, on 23rd October 2019 5:45pm
Yet another increase from SBC for a fortnightly collection that isn't all year round.
If they didn't give out loans, and if they got there act together we would not need a increase which takes us 11% over the national average.

And is it any wonder NYCC have cut there funding, they have given it to Welcome To Yorkshire instead, yet another disgrace.
Kat16, on 24th October 2019 8:49am
Increase cost = less people using the service = more fly tipping = more cost to
clean up !!

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