Have your say: Will you boycott brown bins when charges come into force on April 1?
BRACKNELL Forest residents who have enjoyed a free year of garden waste collections will be forced to start paying as of next month.
From April 1, people will need to pay £30 per year for a 240-litre brown bin and £26 for a smaller, 140-litre bin to be emptied every fortnight.
Environment leader, Cllr Dorothy Hayes, said: "Once residents have paid for the service they will receive a sticker which they will need to attach to their bin for collection to continue.
"Anyone with a brown bin who has not paid their annual charge and displayed their sticker by April 1 will not have their garden waste collected.
"As an alternative, residents can purchase biodegradable garden sacks at 50p each and these are available at small retail outlets throughout the borough."
Did you take up 12-months free? Will you be paying for the garden waste disposal service as of April 1? Does the charge discourage people from getting rid of waste properly or is it a fair price to pay?
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This article appeared in Bracknell News 14 Mar 13
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Mar 14, 20:00
When I purchased my Brown Bin for £30 I was told it was a one off payment for the collection of Garden Waste.. So no I don't feel like I was one of the privaledge few that got a so called free year at all. I definitely will not be paying the annual fee they expect in April and hopefully nor will anyone else so all the money they have spent on new recycle lorries will have been wasted and they will be running half empty every day.
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Mar 15, 11:48
Mar 15, 23:43
In these uncertain economic times, BFBC has one of the lowest council taxes in the UK. They have strived to resist raises, however they do need to make cuts and changes where appropriate.
I believe that the people complaining about garden waste collection costing less than 9p per day need to realize and wake up to the bigger picture. Would you prefer to pay £30 per year for garden waste collection, or face a rise in council tax in excess of £100 - you cannot have it all.
Recommend? Yes 1 No 22
Mar 16, 14:06
How does jwberkshire resolve the equation that if a section of the community failed to pay £30 for brown bin collection the whole community would have to pay an extra £100 council tax? These figures do not make sense.
The other problem being that, in all probability, residents would be placing their garden rubbish into the green (refuse) bins.
Recommend? Yes 21 No 1
Apr 11, 19:12
my mother has a beautiful garden which I come around and keep up to scratch, I have not revived a pay rise for 5 years now, so I can not find the extra cash mostly because of things like the increase in the cost of fuel over this period of time, she lives on her small pension so we can not find the extra money so I guess its in the green bin for us, its a pity as recycling is important to me, were I live, its still free and part of the recycling service. After all I brought the bin in the first place and believed it was money well spent at the time and a one off charge.
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