Have your say on garden waste collections

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to have their say on proposed changes to kerbside garden waste collection, which could save Wiltshire Council thousands of pounds.

Garden waste is currently collected at the kerbside every fortnight, but the council has put together three proposals to reduce the cost of the service.

Toby Sturgis, Cabinet member responsible for waste management, said: “The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase.

“We need to make savings to help the council deliver its priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together. “These changes will not always be easy, so we want to involve local people in any decisions we make to ensure people have a chance to have their say.”

People will be asked to choose which of these three options best meet their needs: • A three-month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in December, January and February.

• A five-month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in November, December, January, February and March.

• To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service instead of the current service Currently, only 10 percent of green waste is collected between December and February, and 25 percent is collected between November and March. The third option would see a charge of £35 per bin per year.

The household recycling centres in Wiltshire still accept garden waste, and the council will continue to provide subsidised compost bins which can compost garden waste and food waste at home.

To have your say go to wiltshire.gov.uk, look out for the summer edition of the council’s Your Wiltshire Magazine or email gardenwasteconsultation@wiltshire.gov.uk before September 1.

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1:57pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Yer Tis says...

Ummm

So option three is ti BRING BACK a charge per bin

Is this by chance the SAME charge that was stopped because the councils said it was to expensive to collect (It cost them more to collect and administer than not to charge)!

I know, lets just get rid of councillors who dream these schemes up, thing of the millions we would save instead!
Ummm So option three is ti BRING BACK a charge per bin Is this by chance the SAME charge that was stopped because the councils said it was to expensive to collect (It cost them more to collect and administer than not to charge)! I know, lets just get rid of councillors who dream these schemes up, thing of the millions we would save instead! Yer Tis
  • Score: 17

2:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Patrick Timmons says...

Leave the garden waste collection alone. It works very well and will not save very much on costs in the long run. Who dreamt up this silly idea without looking at the various options listed in more detail. To have no collections on certain months of the year is a no brainer. What if we had a mild Winter?! There is still work to do in the gardens during the Winter months. What real purpose would it achieve?! As for charging households to have their garden waste collected.... Forget It!! Why don't the council look at cutting the working hours of Councillors that come up with these stupid suggestions to help with the funding they require!! They obviously have lots of spare time on their hands.
Leave the garden waste collection alone. It works very well and will not save very much on costs in the long run. Who dreamt up this silly idea without looking at the various options listed in more detail. To have no collections on certain months of the year is a no brainer. What if we had a mild Winter?! There is still work to do in the gardens during the Winter months. What real purpose would it achieve?! As for charging households to have their garden waste collected.... Forget It!! Why don't the council look at cutting the working hours of Councillors that come up with these stupid suggestions to help with the funding they require!! They obviously have lots of spare time on their hands. Patrick Timmons
  • Score: 12

3:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

wasue says...

South Wiltshire were given the carrot of dropping the charge for the green bin when Wiltshire wanted to move to fortnightly rubbish collections if I remember correctly.. That didnt last long did it!
South Wiltshire were given the carrot of dropping the charge for the green bin when Wiltshire wanted to move to fortnightly rubbish collections if I remember correctly.. That didnt last long did it! wasue
  • Score: 16

9:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Williamson45 says...

Wiltshire Council were very clever when they introduced free garden waste collections. Firstly it came at a time when general waste was going from weekly to two weekly, so the public seemed to be getting something for nothing.

However, at that time they were trying to meet a target for percentage of waste recycled. Now, if you collect 80 tonnes of waste and recycle 30 tonnes then you have a 37% recycling rate. Collect another 20 tonnes of garden waste, all recyclable, and you now have 100 tonnes of waste and now your recycling rate is 50%! Target met. Good heh?

Birmingham City has recently withdrawn a free garden waste serve, now £35 per year. The traffic queues to the tip at weekends was over a mile and guess what, fly tipping has increased massively.
Wiltshire Council were very clever when they introduced free garden waste collections. Firstly it came at a time when general waste was going from weekly to two weekly, so the public seemed to be getting something for nothing. However, at that time they were trying to meet a target for percentage of waste recycled. Now, if you collect 80 tonnes of waste and recycle 30 tonnes then you have a 37% recycling rate. Collect another 20 tonnes of garden waste, all recyclable, and you now have 100 tonnes of waste and now your recycling rate is 50%! Target met. Good heh? Birmingham City has recently withdrawn a free garden waste serve, now £35 per year. The traffic queues to the tip at weekends was over a mile and guess what, fly tipping has increased massively. Williamson45
  • Score: 16

10:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

STRIPEY51 says...

Simples, make it monthly in the winter, and we pay already in our council tax, so why should we pay again????????
Simples, make it monthly in the winter, and we pay already in our council tax, so why should we pay again???????? STRIPEY51
  • Score: 16

8:27am Sat 28 Jun 14

Petera says...

It is all very well saying take it to the tip. What about the sizeable minority that don't have a car? What are they supposed to do. Why do they assume everybody has a vehicle.
It is all very well saying take it to the tip. What about the sizeable minority that don't have a car? What are they supposed to do. Why do they assume everybody has a vehicle. Petera
  • Score: 14

11:35am Sat 28 Jun 14

gingin says...

Unfortunately this was always going to be the case with WC. We all know councils are not getting the money from central government but how much more can WC cut from our services?

There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!!

If these are the only options then the three month suspension would seem the best solution as long as it stays a free service payed for out of our council tax and not another charge to find.

Agreed we were offered the carrot of a free green waste service to soften the blow of fortnightly waste collections and it should be left as it is.

I urge everyone to respond to the consultation otherwise WC will say nobody was interested and they will do as they like.

One way WC could have saved money was not to award their leader a massive allowance increase > they and she should have shown some restraint!
Unfortunately this was always going to be the case with WC. We all know councils are not getting the money from central government but how much more can WC cut from our services? There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!! If these are the only options then the three month suspension would seem the best solution as long as it stays a free service payed for out of our council tax and not another charge to find. Agreed we were offered the carrot of a free green waste service to soften the blow of fortnightly waste collections and it should be left as it is. I urge everyone to respond to the consultation otherwise WC will say nobody was interested and they will do as they like. One way WC could have saved money was not to award their leader a massive allowance increase > they and she should have shown some restraint! gingin
  • Score: 9

3:45am Mon 30 Jun 14

IanMcL says...

"There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!!"

The Government intention (Mr Pickles) is to eliminate central Government contribution to local services. Their view is that if people want local government, then they should pay the whole cost and get what they pay for.

Every year they force the 'no increase' locally and reduce their contribution by huge amounts - MILLIONS OF POUNDS in our case.

What Pickles conveniently forgets is that we pay taxes to the Government and EXPECT good local services. There is no corresponding Income tax reduction, so they are just theives at the expense of all the people.
"There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!!" The Government intention (Mr Pickles) is to eliminate central Government contribution to local services. Their view is that if people want local government, then they should pay the whole cost and get what they pay for. Every year they force the 'no increase' locally and reduce their contribution by huge amounts - MILLIONS OF POUNDS in our case. What Pickles conveniently forgets is that we pay taxes to the Government and EXPECT good local services. There is no corresponding Income tax reduction, so they are just theives at the expense of all the people. IanMcL
  • Score: 4

3:46am Mon 30 Jun 14

IanMcL says...

Edit...thieves above. Finger trouble....bit like Pickles and his lght fingers at our expense.
Edit...thieves above. Finger trouble....bit like Pickles and his lght fingers at our expense. IanMcL
  • Score: 2

9:31am Mon 30 Jun 14

gingin says...

IanMcL wrote:
"There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!!"

The Government intention (Mr Pickles) is to eliminate central Government contribution to local services. Their view is that if people want local government, then they should pay the whole cost and get what they pay for.

Every year they force the 'no increase' locally and reduce their contribution by huge amounts - MILLIONS OF POUNDS in our case.

What Pickles conveniently forgets is that we pay taxes to the Government and EXPECT good local services. There is no corresponding Income tax reduction, so they are just theives at the expense of all the people.
In simple terms then we should pay less to central government and more to WC to do a proper job?! WC can't raise tax at present because they loose their subsidy and central government wants local authorities to pay for services, then result is we the tax payer either see our services decrease to the point of nothing happens anymore or WC outsource to the cheapest option and we still don't receive a service worth having!
[quote][p][bold]IanMcL[/bold] wrote: "There must come a time when there is nothing left to cut unless they are to provide no services at all or out source them like the grass cutting and we all know and see what a shambles that is!!" The Government intention (Mr Pickles) is to eliminate central Government contribution to local services. Their view is that if people want local government, then they should pay the whole cost and get what they pay for. Every year they force the 'no increase' locally and reduce their contribution by huge amounts - MILLIONS OF POUNDS in our case. What Pickles conveniently forgets is that we pay taxes to the Government and EXPECT good local services. There is no corresponding Income tax reduction, so they are just theives at the expense of all the people.[/p][/quote]In simple terms then we should pay less to central government and more to WC to do a proper job?! WC can't raise tax at present because they loose their subsidy and central government wants local authorities to pay for services, then result is we the tax payer either see our services decrease to the point of nothing happens anymore or WC outsource to the cheapest option and we still don't receive a service worth having! gingin
  • Score: 5

11:17am Mon 30 Jun 14

mr men says...

Free green waste that's what the council offered they could save money by closing the tip at a normal time and put the savings into the collections and save the carbon footprint of cars going to the tip
Free green waste that's what the council offered they could save money by closing the tip at a normal time and put the savings into the collections and save the carbon footprint of cars going to the tip mr men
  • Score: 2

11:17am Mon 30 Jun 14

mr men says...

Free green waste that's what the council offered they could save money by closing the tip at a normal time and put the savings into the collections and save the carbon footprint of cars going to the tip
Free green waste that's what the council offered they could save money by closing the tip at a normal time and put the savings into the collections and save the carbon footprint of cars going to the tip mr men
  • Score: 2

6:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Ned Kelly says...

So what are they going to do with the thousands of surplus green wheelie bins ??
So what are they going to do with the thousands of surplus green wheelie bins ?? Ned Kelly
  • Score: 5

9:28am Thu 3 Jul 14

whiteparishoner says...

One of the big wins from kerbside garden waste collection is not having to go to the tip in January with your old Christmas tree (needles in the car etc). If you stop winter collections presumably this will cease too.

Just leave it all as it is. I pay an extra £35 for an additional bin. What happens to this in the "off season"?
One of the big wins from kerbside garden waste collection is not having to go to the tip in January with your old Christmas tree (needles in the car etc). If you stop winter collections presumably this will cease too. Just leave it all as it is. I pay an extra £35 for an additional bin. What happens to this in the "off season"? whiteparishoner
  • Score: 1

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