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Reminder - Garden Waste Collection changes soon!

Posted by on 6 April 2018 | Comments

We are just weeks away from the new Garden Waste Collection Scheme in Suffolk Coastal going live.

The first paid-for collections are scheduled to start from the beginning of May, after Suffolk Coastal District Council is introduced a £43 a year charge for collecting garden waste this financial year (2018/19).

The new Scheme is optional. However, local people are being reminded that, if they haven’t signed up to the scheme yet, their garden waste will no longer be collected by the Council.

It’s quick and easy to sign up, either:

  • Go online at: my.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/MyServices.  You will need to register, or login to, your My Eastsuffolk account and then complete the form for garden waste
  • Call Customer Services on 01394 383789, and choose option ‘0’
  • Or, pop in to see our Customer Service staff in the Customer Service Centre in Felixstowe and Woodbridge Library

You will need a debit or credit card to pay. The fee for each bin is £43 for a year (the equivalent of paying about £1.65 per fortnightly collection). You can place your order now and don’t forget to say ‘YES’ to the upgrade.

Cllr Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Green Environment explained:

“We are now just weeks away from the new paid-for Garden Waste Scheme starting. The take up from local people has been very good, but we want to remind those that haven’t signed up that this change is happening from the beginning of May,” 

“This is a completely voluntary scheme. But, if you want the Council to collect your garden waste, you need to opt in, register and pay the annual fee. It will not happen automatically and is not part of your Council Tax.”

“Basically, if you have not joined the scheme by the beginning of May, your garden waste will not be collected by us.”

“People can join later in the year, if it suits them, but we are trying to avoid people being disappointed at the start of May. If you want to avoid having a gap in your garden waste being collected, join up now and your membership will run from this May to 30 April 2019.”

One of the key benefits from joining the Suffolk Coastal Garden Waste Scheme is that subscribers will also be given the option of an upgrade - receiving a free, larger (240 litre) green bin for their garden waste (240 litres is the most common wheeled bin size, but the current brown organic waste bins in Suffolk Coastal are 140 litres).

The new, larger green bins are expected to be delivered during the autumn (2018) to those residents who request one and have subscribed to the Garden Waste Scheme.

At this stage, subscribers to the Garden Waste Scheme will be able to continue to put organic domestic waste (such as food waste) in with their garden waste.

If you choose not to join the optional Garden Waste Scheme – then please compost!

The Suffolk Waste Partnership, which includes Suffolk Coastal District Council, funds a scheme making home compost bins available at subsidised prices - from as little as £8.99 for a 220 litre compost bin or £9.99 for a 330 litre bin.

The scheme also includes subsidies on several composting systems which can deal with some cooked food waste. To order a home compost bin or to see more details, visit: www.suffolk.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444 quoting SUF 17L.

In addition, all households will be invited to keep and re-use any unwanted brown bins if they wish. The bins are suitable for a number of alternative uses, including composting.

Local people are being urged to: ‘Be kind to the environment and re-purpose your brown bins’.

Wheeled bins can be put to use in many different ways such as: tool stores, feed stores, water butts and compost bins, to name a few, and there will be other ideas on our website shortly.

Please consider whether you would like to keep your brown bins after the upgrade. You can tell us when you subscribe to the Scheme and we will let you know later when to present your unwanted brown bins for us to remove.

You can find more information about the Garden Waste Scheme, composting and re-purposing your old brown bin at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/SCDCgardenwaste