Garden waste service
About the charge
Councils across the country are having to become financially self-sufficient as the government continues to withdraw funding.
We are not required by law to offer garden waste collections. The Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 allows councils to charge for the collection of garden waste. Lichfield District Council made the decision to charge for garden waste collections at a meeting of Cabinet on 4 April 2017. Tamworth Borough Council made the decision at a meeting of Full Council on 4 April 2017.
Council tax helps to provide a wide range of local council services and amenities including street cleansing, adult and social care, highways, libraries, Police and Fire. Whilst, in the past, we could afford to provide the garden waste service free of charge, in order to continue to provide the service, we now need to pass on the costs to those who want to use it, or not offer the service at all. The income from the subscription charge helps towards offsetting the cost of running the service.
We are very grateful to residents for being very positive and understanding about the charge. We know from feedback that residents understand the financial pressures we face, and that by charging for the service, rather than stopping it, we can keep offering a garden waste service.