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Rise in Scarborough Garden Waste Charges Backed

Rise in Scarborough Garden Waste Charges Backed

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 4:04pm 30th October 2019.

Scarborough Council’s overview and scrutiny committee has backed a planned rise in the cost of garden waste collections in the borough.

The authority wants to add £5 a year to brown bin collection licences as the council looks to offset rising costs, bringing the charge to £38.

A report prepared for the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Board today said 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 added 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.

The scrutiny committee supported the rise, which will need to be agreed by the full council at a later date, though the support was not unanimous.

Three councillors voted against backing the rise, including independent Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff.

Cllr Donohue-Moncrieff questioned how charging people for recycling garden waste fitted in with the council’s declaring of a climate emergency and how it would tackle it, something which has been discussed earlier in the same meeting.

She said:

“I have got issues we how far we can go with increasing this [price].

The message this sends is ‘we want you to help save the environment, but we are going to charge you for it’.

I question the trajectory of the policy, we should be encouraging people to plant in their garden so that they are observing carbon and things like that.”

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.


There are 4 comments on this page.

Fileyman, on 30th October 2019 5:17pm
Another increase from SBC.
If they stopped throwing money away there would not be a need for this increase.

All they are doing is encouraging people to throw there garden rubbish on the roadside.
zara, on 30th October 2019 5:24pm
scarborough council is not making a loss, it is the taxpayers who are making a loss and as it is the taxpayers who are having to pay for the service through their taxes............
Kat16, on 31st October 2019 8:25am
more cost = more fly tipping !!
cornelian, on 31st October 2019 5:57pm
What a good idea, how to increase the fly tipping in one easy stroke. Followed by the cost of the council workers going round to pick it up from the road sides. More people putting garden waste in the green bins. Is increasing charges the only thing they can think of? In Bridlington garden waste is collected free how on earth do they manage?

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