Residents asked for views on county council's new garden waste collection scheme (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Residents asked for views on county council's new garden waste collection scheme
6:12pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being invited to give their views on how changes to the county council’s garden waste collection service will affect them.
Durham County Council’s Cabinet has agreed to consult on plans that could see households paying a £20 annual fee to have their garden waste collected.
The authority hopes that people planning to opt into the service will say how they would like it to work and how they would like to pay the fee.
It is hoped that the revised service will generate £933,000 in savings as the council seeks to save £222m between 2011 and 2017 in response to Government funding cuts.
At present the council’s fortnightly collections of garden waste are provided free to more than 150,000 homes between April and November.
These residents and a proposed further 35,000 households will have the chance to sign up to the new scheme.
In Teesdale the garden waste collection service is provided via an agreement between the council and the Rotters which it is hoped to continue.
In some very rural areas residents who currently have garden waste collection will no longer receive this service.
Instead from next Spring they will use a mobile household waste recycling service.
The consultation ends on Monday, October 28 and comments can be left at durham.gov.uk/consultation or copies of the consultation document can be obtained from 03000-266112.
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