Green bin subscription to rise to £100

Local residents who subscribe to the green bin collection service will be aware that the cost of this service is set to rise from £85 to £100 in April. We contacted Cllr Rick Jewel (Southbury Ward) and Cabinet member for Waste and Recycling and asked him why it was rising. This is his reply:

It is never an easy decision to increase our prices, however, inflation has affected the Council’s budgets, meaning that a change to the subscription charge is required to continue being able to provide this service. Many of our costs have also increased above inflation, including many operating costs and fuel. This is against a backdrop of our core government funding being cut by 58% since 2010. To deliver a balanced budget, we have had to make difficult decisions, and this change will allow us to continue green waste collections for residents.

We recognise that some will be concerned with the new price, which is why we have put in place other options to dispose of garden waste. This includes:

  • providing the option to bin share with your neighbours, sharing the cost for one bin across multiple households
  • compost bins are available free of charge
  • Barrowell Recycling Centre continues to accept garden waste, with pedestrian access to the site

Enfield Council recently conducted a benchmarking exercise with other London Councils regarding their garden waste collection charges, which helped inform our decision. Some London Councils have increased their subscription fee on an annual basis; however, Enfield held the charges at the same level for the first three years and only increased the charge for the first time in 2022. All income collected through the charge is re-invested in the Waste Service to deliver our green waste collections and other waste services effectively and efficiently.

You can find more information on how to pay, your collection days, and what can go in your green waste bin on the Council’s website: https://www.enfield.gov.uk/services/rubbish-and-recycling/household-waste-collection-services/green-paid-for-garden-waste-bin

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