Residents will need to sign up if they want to continue receiving the brown bin garden waste collection service from January 1.
You may be aware that around 65% of local authorities across the country already charge their residents for this. Collecting garden waste is not a statutory service – and last year Stafford Borough Council announced that unfortunately they would have to introduce a £36 annual charge for households who wanted to continue with the brown bin service.
Stafford Borough Council has been commended for the way it has managed its finances. But there is no escaping the very real financial pressures that local authorities are facing – and this has now been amplified with the response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The money raised from the collection of garden waste will help with these budgetary pressures and therefore protect other essential services to residents.