This consultation closed on 5 April 2019.
Cabinet members voted on 9 April 2019 to introduce a charge for collecting garden waste.
More details on this new optional service will be available later in the year.
Garden Waste Collection Charges FAQs
Why is the Council thinking about charging to collect garden waste?
Our funding from Welsh Government for 2019/20 is not enough to meet the pressures facing our schools and social services. The Council has a budget shortfall of £15.2m and we need to make savings.
How much do garden waste collections cost?
At the moment, we spend £620,000 a year on collecting household garden waste and we would expect this cost to rise next time the service is tendered.
Doesn’t the Council have to take my garden waste? I pay my Council Tax.
Councils are not obliged to provide free garden waste collections for households. The law says that Councils can make a reasonable charge to collect household garden waste, in the same way that we charge for bulky waste collections. But we do have a duty to dispose of garden waste free of charge. (Controlled Waste (England & Wales) Regulations 2012)
Do other Councils charge for garden waste collections?
Yes, including Gwynedd, Denbighshire and Flintshire.
When does it start?
We are working out the details of the new service and supplier. We expect the service to start in early 2020. We will send out more information to households in January.
How much will it cost?
Cabinet recommended a guide price of £30 a year. Payment options will be available in early 2020.
How else can I get rid of my garden waste?
You will still be able to take your garden waste for free to the Household Recycling Centres. They are in Mochdre and Abergele, open 7 days a week. Residents in the Llanrwst, Cerrigydrudion and Llangernyw areas can also use the monthly Saturday morning Mobile Recycling Centre.
Home composting is another popular way of using garden waste – you can buy a home composter at a discounted rate from our Mochdre offices.
Some garden waste can be shredded and used as mulch on your garden.
Won’t these charges encourage fly-tipping?
Most residents are law abiding and would never fly tip their waste. Before we introduced garden waste collections in 2007, we didn’t have particular problems with fly-tipped garden waste. There is no evidence from other councils that fly tipping increases with a paid for garden waste collection service.