Gar­den waste fee from April

We ask lo­cals what they think of col­lec­tion charge

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Lynn Duke

Strath res­i­dents who use the brown bin ser­vice should be re­ceiv­ing let­ters from Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil this month in­form­ing them of changes to the col­lec­tion ser­vice.

From April 1, house­hold­ers who wish to re­cy­cle gar­den waste in their brown bins will re­quire a per­mit, which will cost an an­nual fee of £25 per bin.

A spokesper­son for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil ex­plained: “When the gar­den waste ser­vice was first in­tro­duced to house­hold­ers in the late 1990s it was a charge­able ser­vice. It was not un­til 2004 due to fund­ing through the Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tives Strate­gic Waste Fund that the ser­vice was able to be ex­panded and be of­fered free of charge to the ma­jor­ity of Perth and Kin­ross res­i­dents.

“In the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate coun­cils must make dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions. It was agreed through the coun­cil’s bud­get set­ting process at full coun­cil on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2017 that a charge­able gar­den waste ser­vice will be re-in­tro­duced in Perth and Kin­ross from April 1, 2018. It was agreed to charge £25 for the up­lift of gar­den waste from house­holds cur­rently on the brown bin ser­vice.”

Charg­ing for the col­lec­tion of gar­den waste is com­mon practice in Eng­land and Wales, with a num­ber of neigh­bour­ing Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties hav­ing re­cently in­tro­duced the mea­sure or which are now plan­ning as part of re­cent bud­get set­ting to in­tro­duce charges.

Food waste will con­tinue to be col­lected from house­holds through the brown bins free of charge but those wish­ing to use them for gar­den refuse will need to at­tach their per­mit to the bin so that col­lec­tion crews will up­lift.

House­holds can have a max­i­mum of two bins per prop­erty and will re­quire to ap­ply for a per­mit for each bin if they are both used for gar­den waste. If bins are pre­sented con­tain­ing gar­den waste after April 1 with­out a valid per­mit, they will not be emp­tied.

Those not wish­ing to pay for a gar­den waste per­mit can dis­pose of gar­den waste free of charge at the re­cy­cling cen­tre in Broich Road.

And any­one wish­ing to try home com­post­ing can get ad­vice at www.pkc. gov.uk/com­post­ing.

The Her­ald spoke to a num­ber of SS­trath res­i­dents to see what they thought of the new charge.

Su­san Craw­ford, chair of Muthill in Bloom, said: “We are get­ting ham­mered at ev­ery turn here. As a small vil­lage we don’t have a skip nearby we can go to.

“Cri­eff and Com­rie have some­where but it means if we don’t pay the charge, the al­ter­na­tive is to travel to dis­pose of the gar­den waste prop­erly. And there are a lot of large gar­dens in Muthill.”

Strath busi­ness owner Bobby Sal­mond com­mented: “I don’t think I’d be for that. Home com­post­ing is al­right if you’ve got a de­cent sized gar­den but many peo­ple haven’t. I think we pay enough al­ready.

“I think they’ve come a long way with re­cy­cling and peo­ple are pretty good at putting the right thing in the right bin. I don’t think peo­ple will get this ex­tra charge.”

Cri­eff’s Mar­ri­anne Wil­son de­clared: “I think the coun­cil tax is high enough to pay for it. The skip is at the bot­tom of Cri­eff. I don’t drive. How would I get stuff down there? There are lots of peo­ple that can’t do that so they will have to pay for a per­mit. Peo­ple will just dump it.”

And Roy Mac­Don­ald from the Strath cap­i­tal also be­lieves the new charge will lead to more fly­tip­ping. He said: “I’m al­right, I’m re­tired, but I do feel for the fam­i­lies who are eek­ing out their last penny. It’s just an­other charge and it’s never- end­ing. It will also en­cour­age fly­tip­ping. There’s cer­tainly a lot of that in Eng­land at the mo­ment where they al­ready charge.

“Ob­vi­ously the coun­cils need money but they seem to dream up charges and it’s just an­other bur­den on hard-pressed fam­i­lies.”

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