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Garden waste collection service launches 3 April

A new garden waste collection service begins in Rugby next week.

From 3 April 2017, the council will only empty garden waste bins that display a valid sticker showing that they are part of the scheme.

Around 13,000 households have already opted in to receive the service with about two thirds choosing to sign-up online, but residents can opt-in at any time during the year. The service costs £40 per bin which entitles residents to a fortnightly garden waste collection up to the end of March 2018, apart from a short break at Christmas.

The scheme replaces the existing green bin service which ends today (31 March), helping the council close a shortfall in its medium term financial plan brought about by government changes to the way councils are funded. The savings will be achieved by a combination of income from the service, reducing the number of rounds, and more efficient collection routes.

Nearly half of all local authorities already charge or plan to charge for garden waste collection, which is not a service that councils have to provide.

Speaking when the scheme was announced in February, Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: "The new service allows those residents who want a garden waste collection service to continue to have one while removing the financial burden from general taxation.

"The change also supports a key objective of the Warwickshire Waste Partnership, which is to reduce the amount of waste collected, while providing valuable information for the partnership's work stream on charging for garden waste collections."

Full details of the garden waste collection service can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/gardenwaste.

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