Fee for garden waste collections to rise in 2023

Published Monday 19 December 2022

The cost of garden waste collection in the Harborough district will increase next year, as higher inflation rates are having an impact on the cost of running the service.

From April 2023, the new annual subscription charge for the garden waste collection service will increase by £6, from £55 to £61 due to contractual inflation increases.

Harborough District Council is keen to ensure that the full costs of the non-statutory garden waste service continue to be met by those receiving the optional service, rather than using council tax payments from all residents to subsidise it.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead on Environment and Waste, said: “A couple of years ago we decided that the optional garden waste service should be fully funded by subscribers as it is unfair for residents who choose not to use the service to subsidise it via council tax payments. With the level of inflation and associated costs being as they are, we have no choice but to increase the cost of an annual subscription in 2023.”

Garden waste collections run fortnightly from April to the end of November, commencing again in March. Subscribers can dispose of loose green waste, grass cuttings, leaves, flowers, weeds, clippings, twigs and small branches, without the need to take these items to the tip.

Residents who have previously signed up for a recurring payment subscription and no longer wish to use the garden waste service should visit www.harborough.gov.uk/gardenwaste for information about cancelling their payment for next year. Residents must confirm cancellation before 21 January 2023, or the new annual subscription fee will be taken.

Current customers of the green waste service will receive an email from the Council about the change to the subscription fee and terms and conditions of the service during week commencing 19 December 2022.

Find out more about the garden waste collection service at: www.harborough.gov.uk/green-bin