Changes coming to garden waste collections

An annual charge is coming to garden waste collections in North Somerset from April.

If you’re currently registered for the garden waste service, look out for a letter arriving next week explaining the new charge and what to do next.

The annual charge is £50 per bin from 1 April, and up to two bins per household are allowed.

It has not been an easy decision for North Somerset Council to make but finances are under great pressure and income generated from this service will make it self-financing.

This in turn will free-up resources to protect essential services, such as care and support in the community.

Home composting is the cheapest and most environmentally-friendly way of managing your garden waste.

Compost bins can be bought from the council for just £10 this year, along with access to free e-learning tools, to help you make the most of it.

Online talks with a compost expert are also coming in the next few weeks to help get you started and answer some common questions.

Zoom sessions will take place from 1-2pm on Wednesday 24 March, and 7.30-8.30pm on Thursday 1 April.

Spaces on each session are limited but more dates will be added if demand is high. Book a place by emailing gardenwaste@n-somerset.gov.uk

The council wants to support more community composting projects so if you’re involved in a local gardening, nature or community group, or allotment association, and would be interested in community composting, email gardenwaste@n-somerset.gov.uk

What next?

If you’re an existing garden waste customer, look out for a letter next week explaining the new charge and what to do next.

A 10 per cent early bird discount is available if you sign up by Sunday 28 March.

Properties which sign up to the new service will receive a permit to stick on the lid of the bin to identify it clearly.

Initially, the day and frequency of collections will not change and you should continue to use your existing garden waste bin or sacks.

If you don’t want to pay, you don’t have to do anything.

However, you will no longer receive a garden waste collection from Thursday 1 April.

Any unwanted garden waste bins will not be collected straight away but the council will let residents know how to do this later in the year.