Charging for garden waste from 2018 FAQs

This spring Lichfield District councillors agreed proposals to starting charging for its brown waste service from 2018.

Frequently asked questions

When was the proposal to charge for brown bins?

Councillors at Lichfield District Council considered the proposals at a meeting of the Leisure, Parks & Waste Management Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 8 March 2017. The proposals were then approved at a meeting of Lichfield District Council's Cabinet on 4 April 2017.

Why is the council going to start charging for the brown bin waste collection service?

Charging for our garden waste service is not a decision we took lightly. However, vast reductions in government funding and other factors that mean Lichfield District Council is facing a £626,000 funding gap in 2018/19 and a further £2 million funding gap in 2019/20 and more in future years, so we have no choice but to make difficult decisions across the board.

How much will the brown bin waste collections cost?

It will cost from £36 a year, if residents pay online, or £40 if residents pay by cash or cheque or by card over the phone.

Can I claim a discount if I receive benefits?

No, we are not offering discounts to residents who receive benefits.

Can I claim a discount if I have multiple brown bins?

No, we are not offering a discount to customers who have multiple brown bins.

How will I be able to pay?

You will be able to pay online (towards the end of 2017) and the service will cost from £36 a year if you pay this way. If you pay by cash or cheque or by card over the phone, the service will cost £40 a year. We are also considering setting up a direct debit payment option, so that residents don't need to remember to sign up annually.

What if I can't afford the annual charge?

Composting at home is a great alternative that is low-cost and also great for the environment and your garden. Find out more at www.getcomposting.com . There is also the option to dispose of your garden waste at a local tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre. Find out where your nearest tip is at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/tips

If I don't pay, what happens to my brown bin?

The brown bins relate to individual properties. If you choose not to pay for the service, the brown bin will remain at your property. This means if you choose to sign up to the service at a later date, you can easily do so.

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