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Most expensive garden waste charges in Surrey and Hampshire

Most expensive garden waste charges in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by Carol Musgrave at 1:19pm 27th September 2019.

Two boroughs in our area are among the most expensive in the country for garden waste charges.

Research shows Tandridge and East Hampshire have the highest annual fees for fortnightly collections, coming in at £69 and £68 respectively.

The South East overall charges the most - above the average of £30 across England.

The analysis, by the BBC, also found that:

  • Of the 368 local authorities in the UK which offer regular kerbside collections of domestic garden waste, 217 (59%) charge annually.
  • The annual charge for the collection service ranges from £22 to £96. The average annual charge is £31.
  • Eleven local authorities do not provide a garden waste collection service
  • Some 100 local authorities (27%) provide a regular collection service for free

It comes as the Government has been consulting on whether households in England should receive free garden waste collections.

Critics say gardeners are "increasingly being punished" and have described the charges as a "quiet green-garden tax which seems to go against every other positive environmental initiative that the UK is trying to promote".

The Government says it believes that providing a regular kerbside collection service is the "best way" to increase recycling of garden waste. 

It has asked for opinions on the possibility of all councils in England providing the service free of charge from 2023.

Currently, the collection of garden waste is not a statutory service and the government says that charging for it is "at the discretion of local authorities."

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) this year carried out a consultation on consistency in household and business recycling collections in England.

In the consultation, it said the transition cost of introducing a free garden waste collection service would be £229m over seven years.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said if free garden waste collections became mandatory then "the government will have to pay the full new burden’s cost".

Councillor David Renard, environment spokesman for the LGA, said: "Ultimately garden waste collection has to be paid for by someone: "It’s only fair that those households which have gardens and generate the waste pay for the service." 

 

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