Garden waste collections under threat

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DOOR-TO-DOOR collections of green garden waste could be stopped over the winter months as part of a Wiltshire Council drive to save money.

Options are being prepared for a countywide public consultation exercise.

Current suggestions are that the service could be suspended for either three or five months during its quietest period of the year, or that charging could be reintroduced.

Currently 95 per cent of garden waste is collected outside the three-month period around Christmas.

The council cannot say how much any of these options would save. Clearly, if there is a return to charging, it will depend on how many residents take up the option.

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2:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

karlmarx says...

Sounds like a sensible idea, for a change.
Sounds like a sensible idea, for a change. karlmarx
  • Score: 17

2:36pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Grampie says...

This is awful. Where do I put my unwanted snow when it comes in the winter?

I pay my taxes and I want my unwanted snow taken away.
This is awful. Where do I put my unwanted snow when it comes in the winter? I pay my taxes and I want my unwanted snow taken away. Grampie
  • Score: -1

7:11pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Schoolmum999 says...

A sensible way to save a few pounds. Surely this can't be Wiltshire Council idea!?
A sensible way to save a few pounds. Surely this can't be Wiltshire Council idea!? Schoolmum999
  • Score: 8

9:32pm Mon 23 Jun 14

STRIPEY51 says...

If this is introduced I want a reduction in my extortionate council tax, there is a lot of fly tipping now , there will be even more if this is passed, Salisbury council could not run a p?ss up in a brewery if the beer was free?
If this is introduced I want a reduction in my extortionate council tax, there is a lot of fly tipping now , there will be even more if this is passed, Salisbury council could not run a p?ss up in a brewery if the beer was free? STRIPEY51
  • Score: -1

2:29pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

STRIPEY51 wrote:
If this is introduced I want a reduction in my extortionate council tax, there is a lot of fly tipping now , there will be even more if this is passed, Salisbury council could not run a p?ss up in a brewery if the beer was free?
I think you will find this p1ss up is organised by Wiltshire Council in Trowbridge, the Salisbury City Parish council aren't involved in waste collection from households as far as I know, if they were I dread to think what would be happening!
[quote][p][bold]STRIPEY51[/bold] wrote: If this is introduced I want a reduction in my extortionate council tax, there is a lot of fly tipping now , there will be even more if this is passed, Salisbury council could not run a p?ss up in a brewery if the beer was free?[/p][/quote]I think you will find this p1ss up is organised by Wiltshire Council in Trowbridge, the Salisbury City Parish council aren't involved in waste collection from households as far as I know, if they were I dread to think what would be happening! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 3

9:42am Wed 25 Jun 14

gingin says...

It is a sensible way forward to suspend green waste collections during the Winter but not for five months as one suggestion given.

Unfortunately charging again for this service was probably always on the cards from WC > give everyone a green bin promise the earth then say it's unsustainable so once again the tax payer has to fork out more money to "help" WC save money!!

WC want us all to recycle to reduce the waste going to landfill and stop fly tipping but they do not make it easy.
It is a sensible way forward to suspend green waste collections during the Winter but not for five months as one suggestion given. Unfortunately charging again for this service was probably always on the cards from WC > give everyone a green bin promise the earth then say it's unsustainable so once again the tax payer has to fork out more money to "help" WC save money!! WC want us all to recycle to reduce the waste going to landfill and stop fly tipping but they do not make it easy. gingin
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Friend of the People says...

It is to be hoped that people do reply to the consultation process and clearly indicate their views. Otherwise the bureaucrats at County Hall will say no one was interested and increase collection charges as high as they can.
It is to be hoped that people do reply to the consultation process and clearly indicate their views. Otherwise the bureaucrats at County Hall will say no one was interested and increase collection charges as high as they can. Friend of the People
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Thu 26 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: 1

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