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Dumfries and Galloway Council could finally launch a garden waste collection service in spring 2025

By Vaseline May31,2024

A garden waste bin collection service could finally be up and running in Dumfries and Galloway next spring.

However, households could be charged £40 a year if they want to get involved – as a free service would cost Dumfries and Galloway Council a hefty £1.7 million a year.

For residents who do not wish to pay the £40 levy on top of their council tax, there will be no problems as this is presented as an additional opt-in service.

Meanwhile, those who receive a council tax discount only have to pay £20 if they want their garden waste collected.

This new service has been in the works for more than three years following a public consultation, but if a bid for funding is successful it is likely to be rolled out in nine months.

A report, which will be submitted to the council’s community committee next week, reads: “A bid was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund on 10 May 2024 for 100 per cent capital funding totaling £2.33 million to cover from the purchase of six garbage trucks, 32,000 waste bins and improvements to two waste transfer stations.

“It is proposed that residents can subscribe to the garden waste collection service via a form on the council’s website and by telephone through customer services. Payment of the annual subscription fee takes place during registration.

“Each annual subscription would include a single 240 liter waste container, which would be emptied fortnightly between March and November. “Households can subscribe to more than one bin if necessary.”

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