£25 a year to have brown bin col­lected

Food waste will con­tinue to be picked up for free

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Paul Cargill

House­hold­ers across Perth and Kin­ross will have to de­cide in the next few months whether they wish to pay £25 per year for their gar­den waste to be up­lifted or dis­pose of the waste them­selves.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to rein­tro­duce an an­nual charge for emp­ty­ing brown-lid­ded bins across the re­gion as of April next year fol­lows the lead taken by other Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties like An­gus Coun­cil, which has re­ported a ser­vice up­take rate of only around 50%.

Coun­cil­lors heard last Wed­nes­day the rein­tro­duc­tion of the rate, which was rub­ber-stamped back in Fe­bru­ary this year, will al­low coun­cil chiefs to col­lect around £880,000 a year if around 50% of those el­i­gi­ble for the ser­vice in Perth and Kin­ross choose to pay for up­lifts.

In­tro­duc­ing a pa­per set­ting out how the new regime will work Cllr Mike Bar­na­cle, the vice-con­vener of the coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment, en­ter­prise and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee, said house­hold­ers will be no­ti­fied about the change by a mail drop at the start of next year.

The pa­per clar­i­fied: “As part of the bud­get set­ting process in Fe­bru­ary 2017, it was agreed that PKC would re­in­state an an­nual charge of £25 for the up­lift of house­hold gar­den waste. Food waste will con­tinue to be col­lected from house­holds free of charge in the brown-lid­ded bin.

“An in­ter­nal work­ing group has been es­tab­lished to con­sult on in­ter­nal pro­ce­dures, poli­cies and de­tail the re­quire­ments to im­ple­ment the gar­den waste sub­scrip­tion ser­vice.

“Cur­rently 80% of Perth and Kin­ross house­holds are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the brown-lid­ded bin ser­vice, ap­prox­i­mately 57,171 prop­er­ties.

“It is pro­posed that all qual­i­fy­ing house­holds will re­ceive a di­rect mail­ing in Jan­uary 2018 ad­vis­ing them of the ser­vice change, ask­ing that they reg­is­ter and pay (prefer­ably on­line) in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the April 1, 2018 start date.

“Cus­tomers sub­scrib­ing will be is­sued a per­mit by di­rect mail­ing to at­tach to their brown-lid­ded bin. The per­mit will iden­tify to the col­lec­tion crew that the bin has been au­tho­rised

Cur­rently 80% of Perth and Kin­ross house­holds are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the brown­lid­ded bin ser­vice, ap­prox­i­mately 57,171 prop­er­ties

to con­tain gar­den waste and can be up­lifted across the full fi­nan­cial year de­tailed on the per­mit.

“Per­mits will be reg­is­tered to an in­di­vid­ual premise; they will be non­trans­ferrable and non-re­fund­able.”

Cllr Bar­na­cle re­marked it was “un­for­tu­nate” the charge was be­ing brought back but added he hoped its rein­tro­duc­tion would be ac­com­pa­nied by the roll-out of im­proved col­lec­tion ser­vices to out­ly­ing ar­eas.

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