Charge for garden waste to be introduced in Eastbourne

Cabinet councillors last night (Wednesday) agreed to introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste in Eastbourne from April 2018.

Many councils already charge for this service and this brings Eastbourne in line with them.

The annual charge of £52 is expected to bring in around £300,000 every year that will allow the council to maintain essential frontline services in a financial climate of severe cuts in government funding.

For those who would prefer to compost at home, a free compost bin will be offered as an alternative. This offer will be available for the first six months of the scheme.

Councillor Jonathan Dow, Portfolio Holder for Place Services, said: “The government has severely cut the funding the council receives, making the introduction of a modest annual fee for garden waste collection unavoidable.

“Most councils already charge for this collection and we will be offering a free compost bin if people would prefer to compost their garden waste than pay for it to be collected. Neighbours could also look at sharing the cost of a bin.”

Lewes District Council already charges for collection of garden waste and Wealden District Council is set to introduce a charge from April.

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Issued 14 December 2017