Homes paying for garden waste service see fall in number of pick-ups

A councillor has defended a reduction in the number of brown bin collections across Lichfield and Burntwood.

Lichfield District Council charges residents an annual fee of £36 for the collection of garden waste.

But last year saw the number of times brown bins were picked up reduced to 23 from 26.

Cllr Steve Norman, leader of the Labour opposition group, accused the Conservative-controlled council of short changing residents.

Steve Norman

“Even though Staffordshire Moorlands does not charge for green waste, it only cancelled two collections during the Christmas Period whereas Lichfield District Council cancelled one collection in 2017/18, two in 2018/19 and three in 2019/20.

“There was no collection – not even for Christmas tree recycling between 13th December and 7th February this time around.

“At this rate there will not be a collection until March in two years’ time.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

“Conscious of the environmental impact”

But Cllr Liz Little, cabinet member responsible for recycling, said the local authority needed to make best use of resources.

“We reduced the amount of garden waste collections this year as we found that fewer than 10% of people who signed up to have their brown bins emptied used the service in January over the last two years.

“To run the service for such a small number of households is not a good use of our resources, and we are also conscious of the environmental impact because our crews have to drive across a large area to check all 40,000 properties that have signed up for the service.

“We promoted the change to the number of collections online and over the phone when people registered for their 2020 garden waste service.

“Every property across the district also received a bin calendar in November or December which outlines when all their bins will be emptied, including brown bins.

“However, we know that some of our residents did not realise the garden waste service would not be running in January and so we will look at our promotional campaigns for our 2021 garden waste subscriptions to make sure this is more prominent in the future.”

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council


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7 replies on “Cabinet member defends reduced number of brown bin collections in Lichfield and Burntwood”

  1. If the service is reduced so should the charges be reduced. A 26 week service reduced to 23 weeks should reduce customer costs from £36 to £31:80. Stealth tax is akin to theft. Can we expect a refund soon?

  2. Unbelievable! It’s bad enough that residents on a fixed low income find it a struggle to find £36 to make a single payment. It would be much better to add £3 p/m to monthly council tax debits.

  3. Liz Little the person whose defending this is out of order making such decisions. Patronising comments on the environment. Does she think am stupid. I recycle Blue:Grey:Garden. I don’t drive to the tip: I don’t contest the roads: an so on.
    I’ve paid for a service as the contract stated. You have a duty to refund and stop treating tax payers as fools

  4. Why not charge for the rubbish in the black bins that has to go to landfill rather than recycleable garden waste that is sold on as compost?
    I assume charging for garden waste is the easy option?
    LDC are not exactly helping the environment are they?

  5. This is totally out of order, LDC not only took a free brown bin collection off us which was covered in the council tax in the first place…
    Now decide due to only having 10% of households paying for the privilege of paying twice now as no deductions had been altered to our Council tax,
    LDC is now saying it’s not environmentally friendly sending collections crews out for such a small % and reducing the collections weeks…. this is total tosh… if they had had left it as it was originally designed in the first place, and not constantly trying to screw the tax payer, they wouldn’t have this dilemma now… why don’t you just resort back to the previous brown bin collections as we pay in with the council tax… but obviously LDC are not a fare authority….

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