15/01/2021 - Subscribe to council’s new garden waste charging service
Residents in Luton can sign up for the new Garden Waste Collection scheme for 2021 from 8 February with first collections starting the first week of March.
The service, which costs £40, will continue to run fortnightly until late November when the season ends but will be extended from February through to November from 2022.The council’s Executive approved the introduction of the discretionary scheme following public consultation. The proposal, which will generate an estimated £300k saving, came about as part of the emergency budget the council had to set in July to bridge a £49 million deficit in its finances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This subscription service, which two thirds of local authorities already have in place, is an opt-in only one so residents would only sign up if they wish to use it.
Residents who don’t want to sign up can use other ways to get rid of their garden waste including home composting or one of the town’s to tidy tips. The council will also soon be providing free home composting containers to 2000 households, made available through local community organisations and in the first instance for groups supporting the elderly and disabled.
Cllr Tom Shaw portfolio holder responsible for waste and recycling said, “Brown bin collections is not a statutory service – up until now we have provided it for free. However, due to financial pressures we simply cannot do that anymore and we are not alone – most council’s already charge and some don’t collect brown bins at all.
“All households will be receiving a bin tag from this week with details of how to sign up and I would encourage anyone who would like to subscribe to do so as soon as it opens to get full use of this seasonal service. By doing so it will ensure you’ll continue to have your brown lidded bin collected fortnightly”.
To find out how the service works and to sign up to from 8 February visit Luton gardenwaste. Those without internet are able to pay through customer services. You can also check your bin collection day by visiting this webpage or Luton Bin App.
Completing the online form is a quick and simple process and once done subscribers will receive a welcome letter explaining how the service runs along with a subscription permit sticker individual to their household. They will need to place this on their bin to demonstrate they have paid.
Residents are reminded that the following items can go in the garden waste bin and should not be used for any other waste - grass cuttings, shrubs, leaves, weeds, flowers and bedding plants, hedge clippings, prunings, small branches.