Hang On To Your Garden Waste Licence

Residents who subscribe to the Council’s kerbside garden waste collection service should continue displaying their current licences beyond the expiry date (end of March 2019). This will enable them to continue receiving garden waste collections.

Cotswold District Council is delaying its annual call to renew licences until the Council finalises proposals regarding the future service and its cost when it meets on Tuesday 26 February. Once proposals are agreed, the Council will write to all garden waste licence holders about the new offer and inviting them to renew their licences.

The motion to be debated will call for kerbside garden waste collections to continue during the winter months. Councillors agreed late last year to suspend garden waste collections for a three month period during the winter, and supported the move from weekly to fortnightly collections. The planned switch from weekly to fortnightly collections, with effect from late autumn 2019, will go ahead but the winter suspension is being reviewed.

Previously Council said it would consider reducing the cost of the service to offset the changes. However, the motion calls for the garden waste licence fee to continue at £30 for 2019/20 in return for a continuation of collections all year round, albeit on a fortnightly basis. The whole arrangement would then be reviewed before the end of March 2020.

Commenting on the motion, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Sue Coakley said: “I hope that the Council will support this motion because a lot of people have said that they would be happy to pay to retain the service over the winter, even if it means switching to fortnightly collections. If we peg the fee at £30 we would just about break even – at present this amount does not cover the cost of weekly collections and, as this is an optional service, it is important that we ensure the cost is not be borne by all residents. I must add that the annual £30 licence fee is still remarkably good value compared with other nearby authorities who charge more for collecting fortnightly.”

There has been a lot of debate in public about the proposed changes to the waste service. The key points are as follows:

  • Garden waste collections will continue on a weekly basis until we introduce a new fleet of vehicles towards the end of this year – probably during October or November. (Older vehicles are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and are liable to break down more frequently).
  • Once the new fleet begins operations later this year, garden waste collections will move from a weekly to a fortnightly basis.
  • Kerbside food collections will continue on a weekly basis, and, when the new fleet begins operations towards the end of this year, residents will be provided with bigger more robust animal-proof caddies for their food waste.
  • When the larger more durable food caddies are introduced towards the end of the year, residents must refrain from placing food waste in their garden waste bins.
  • Separating food from garden waste will enable us to begin using an anaerobic digester facility for more efficient – and environmentally friendly – reprocessing of food remains. Similarly, we will be able to process the garden waste using a far cheaper and more environmentally beneficial composting method. Additionally, making fortnightly garden waste collections will enable us to reduce our vehicle pollution levels and fuel usage.
  • The new fleet of vehicles will make it possible to introduce extra kerbside recycling options for the very first time – textiles, batteries, small electrical and electronic items and Tetrapak cartons. We will provide the appropriate containers for recycling these new items.

Prior to the new vehicles being introduced later this year, Cotswold District Council will review how waste rounds are organised to maximise the efficiency of collections across the District. This will result in a change to collection days for some residents and they will be informed well in advance of any change. Before any changes are introduced, information will be sent to every household explaining how the new recycling arrangements will work.

Information via Cotswold District Council.