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Subscriptions now open for West Northants garden waste service

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 28th February 2023 10:05

Residents across West Northamptonshire can now sign up for optional, chargeable garden waste collections from April 2023.

Residents across West Northamptonshire can now sign up for optional, chargeable garden waste collections from April 2023. 


The annual subscription charge for the fortnightly service from April 2023 to the end of March 2024 is £55 per bin and can be made online at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Residents now have the option to sign up for an annual direct debit to save having to remember to renew every year. Residents who are unable to access the internet can subscribe to the service by phoning the council on 0300 126 7000. 

Councillor Phil Larratt, WNC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer residents this optional chargeable service. Many people value the garden waste service however there are others who don’t need these collections. By ensuring that it is an optional service, only those who wish to receive the service have to pay for it, making it as fair for residents as possible.

“Residents can now sign up to receive the garden waste service via direct debit online on our website or over the phone, saving them time and without having to remember to renew each year.”

Once households are signed up to the service, they will receive their new 2023/24 garden waste permit which they will be asked to stick on their garden waste bin. Any bins that have not subscribed will not be emptied after 4 April.

People who do not wish to sign up to the service have the option of composting their garden waste at home, either in a traditional compost heap or by purchasing a compost bin by visiting www.getcomposting.com and typing in their postcode to see offers available in their area. 

People can also recycle garden waste for free at any of the Council’s household waste recycling centres.

A comprehensive list of FAQs are also available on the Council’s website at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/bins-recycling-and-street-cleaning/garden-waste-collection-faqs

More information can be found at www.westnorthants.gov.uk/gardenwaste 

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At 15:49 on 8th March 2023, commented:
£55! Up from £42 last year! And Councillor Phil Larratt is 'pleased to announce this optional chargeable service'. I feel he should be embarrassed at such a huge hike in the fee. I certainly can't justify an additional £55 on top of my council tax (that has gone up by the maximum 5%).
Ian McCord
At 12:58 on 15th March 2023, Ian McCord commented:
I put an amendment to the budget to hold it at the £42 - it was defeated all no Towcester member supported this but continue to want to double charge for green waste.

The service may be optional, but that is a specious argument as the council tax system allows for this. A flat, probably in Band A pays 66% of Band D reflecting the fact that it may have no garden and put a lesser burden on council services.

WNC are treating residents poorly and SN area in particual as a cashpoint to funnel money into Northampton. They got extra cash for Rural Services Delivery Grant, that was put in the contingency and then immediately taken back to fund parking in Northampton.

In 14 months we have gone from zero to £42 now £55 double charged with the vast majority of the revenue from outside the Northampton area. Next up, is the free parking in Towcester, councillors from all parties bemoaned the fact that parking in Daventry, Towcester and Brackley was free, take care the Northamptonisation of the West Northants area continues apace.

Cllr Ian McCord - Deanshanger Ward

Ian McCord
At 15:37 on 21st March 2023, Ian McCord commented:
I have just read the minutes of the council meeting see that Lisa Samiotis from Towcester did in fact support my amendment to hold green bin costs - apologies Lisa, thank you for the support, happy to correct the record from above - Ian McCord

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