St Helens Council set to charge for collecting green bins

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Council chiefs in St Helens are considering plans to introduce an annual charge for collecting household green waste.

The plans - which would see around 68,000 households hit with a £35 fee - will be discussed at next Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

Officials say the current kerbside collection regime costs the town hall £900,000.

However, there are bound to be questions raised over whether any extra charge will result in a decrease in recycling.

The charge would work out at £1.75 per pick up as the council only collects green waste between March and November.

Writing in a cabinet report, strategic director of environmental and trading services at St Helens Council Paul Sanderson states: “This should realise income in the region of £510,000 (based on 25 per cent take up at £30), but this will depend on participation rates.

“The subscription period will run from 5 June 2017 until the end of May 2018 with a winter break December, January and February when no collections will take place.”