Garden waste collections could be scrapped by Amber Valley Borough Council – in a bid to save the authority more than £350,000 a year.
Changes to the service are being proposed by council officers who are recommending that a public consultation on the matter is launched.
Options include charging for the service, axing it completely or expanding it, although ‘increasing pressure on the council’s financial resources’ make that alternative unlikely, it has said.
Councillors were considering whether to press ahead with an online survey to decide the fate of the service at a meeting of the borough council’s cabinet in Ripley last night.
In a report to the authority’s ruling cabinet, the council’s environment manager, Ian Shaw, said: “Removing the service will undoubtedly be unpopular with the current service users and give rise to a large number of complaints which would need to be managed. Removing the service completely would have reputational consequences for the council arising from the significant deterioration in recycling performance and the increased emissions.”
From 2008 to 2012 the council operated a garden waste collection service and a charge of £39/£40 per year was paid by each customer. Customer levels peaked at 3,800 properties.
In April 2013 free collections were introduced. Residents were asked to contribute a ‘one off’ payment of £20 to enable the council to provide a bin and to cover administration costs. Customer levels then rose to 12,500 bins.