Following the coronavirus pandemic councils face unprecedented pressure on budgets and are faced with difficult decisions to find cost savings across their services. Waste and recycling is the single largest expenditure for the council and the consultation offers residents the opportunity to give their views on the introduction of a charged garden waste service.
Garden waste collection is a discretionary service. The council is therefore considering the introduction of a charged service for those residents who need it rather than the cessation of the service as a whole.
The consultation, which runs from Wednesday 2 December to Thursday 31 December, seeks residents' views on options around a chargeable garden waste service, including the level of any potential charge, whether residents are keen to home compost or whether residents may be interested in additional bins where they have large gardens. The council is also keen get the views of residents on their experience of the waste and recycling services during lockdown and how residents managed their garden waste during the service suspensions.
A study of residents’ waste was carried out in September by the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to see what people’s habits are when it comes to waste and recycling. These findings will also help inform the council’s long term future approach to waste and recycling services.
Graham McAndrew, executive member for environmental sustainability, said: “We know that the majority of residents feel that waste and recycling are the most important services that the council provides. That is why it’s really important that we seek your views now about the services provided; to help inform the decision for implementation.
“As councils are under severe financial pressure, there will clearly be some difficult decisions ahead, but EHDC are committed to continuing to provide a high quality waste, recycling and street cleansing service.”
To find out more and take part in the survey visit our consultation page now.
The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete. We encourage residents to participate in the consultation online, however for those who don't have access to the internet, they can contact us on 01279 655261 where residents will be able to take part over the phone. The survey closes on Thursday 31 December.
The results will be used to help the council decide on any service changes moving forwards.