Gateshead Council have decided to increase the charge for the green bin garden waste collection service from £20 to £25 next year - with more increases planned. Even at £25 per year however the Council is subsidising the service, which was first introduced in 2006 as a free service.
Low Fell Councillor Ron Beadle has asked the Council to reconsider the decision not to
continue garden waste collection in November, and to make faster
progress on providing alternative ways for people to recycle their
Ron said, “Services should improve when the cost of
the service is going up.”
Council officials have said that the staff who
collect the green bins are currently re-allocated to winter duties (e.g.
preparing gritters) in November but that they will look at this issue