Garden waste fee from April
We ask locals what they think of collection charge
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.”