East Renfrewshire Council to introduce charge to collect garden waste

East Renfrewshire Council is to introduce an annual charge for garden waste collection as it looks to balance the budget.

If residents want their garden waste collected they'll need to opt-in to the permit scheme

Beginning on July 5, the opt-in permit system will see residents who wish to have their garden waste collected will pay an annual charge of £40 for a weekly collection (excluding a fortnight at Christmas).

Residents not requiring their garden waste to be collected would still be able to use their brown bin for food waste. The permit will also include collection of Christmas trees.

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East Renfrewshire Council’s environment director, Andy Cahill, said: “The council faced a significant budget shortfall for this year and savings had to be identified.

"This is an opt-in system and the charge amounts to less than £1-a-week for a service which will be offered for 50 weeks of the year.

"Our priority is to protect frontline services for our residents and income generated from this scheme will help meet some of the budget shortfall.”

For more information visit www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/garden-waste.