Residents reminded to renew subscription to garden waste service

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 February 2021

HINCKLEY residents now have more time to renew their subscriptions to the Borough Council’s garden waste collection service this year, following the disruption to the service that was caused last April due to the pandemic.

The 2020-2021 subscription has been extended for two more months, meaning that garden waste collection bins which display the ‘2020-2021’ sticker will be collected until 31 May 2021.

However, the price for the service from 2021 until 2022 has seen the first price increase in five years, as it has gone up to £30.

Matthew Bowers, Director of Environment and Planning for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “The decision to increase the charge for garden waste collections is one of many difficult decisions the council has faced this year to help reduce the costs of providing services.

“Like many councils we have a much reduced budget from central Government and our income has reduced substantially, particularly in the last year, while our costs have continued to rise.

“Garden waste collection is not a service we have to provide, nor do people have to subscribe, but at just £30 per year it is an excellent, value for money service that still costs less than similar services offered by other councils around the country.”

Renewals from 1 March can be made online at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s website on the dedicated page for garden waste, linked here, or the Council can be contacted about this in 01455 238141, and payments can be made through either credit or debit card.

Those who are actively subscribed through a direct debit payment do not have to do anything and shall receive their new bin sticker by the end of April, however, direct debit subscribers will have their payments collected on 1 April for the service starting on 1 June.

As soon as new stickers are received, they can be placed on bins prior to June, so that they don’t have to be stored, and bins will then be serviced.

For those who choose not to subscribe to the service, there are two other options for disposing of garden waste, including:

  • Composting at home – garden waste and other material can be recycled by purchasing a low cost compost bin
  • Take garden waste and other material to be recycled at Leicestershire County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Site

Those wanting to use Leicestershire County Council’s waste and recycling sites should remember that they have to pre-book appointments in advance prior to their visits to any site.

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