Garden waste permit cost frozen for coming year
Cost to stay the same for 2022/23
Published 25 January 2022
We've confirmed the cost for garden waste permits will remain at £40 for 2022/23.
Nearly 22,000 households signed up to the scheme in its first year of operation which helped protect important frontline Council services including our household waste recycling centre services, street cleaning and day-to-day services such as street crossing patrollers.
We've led the way with waste collection since 2016, with one of the highest recycling rates in Scotland, and while Councils have a statutory duty to collect household waste, including food waste, this does not include garden waste.
The scheme got underway in July 2021 and permit holders receive a weekly garden waste collection, excluding the Christmas and New Year period. It remains an opt-in permit system and anyone who doesn't require their garden waste to be collected can still use their brown bin for food waste.
East Renfrewshire Council's Environment Convener, Councillor Betty Cunningham, said: 'I am pleased that while the Council continues to face significant funding challenges, we have been able to freeze the price of the permit for the coming year. We recognise the new scheme was a change for our residents, but the number of permits purchased shows us that it has worked well. Our priority remains to protect frontline services for all our residents and income generated from this scheme will continue to help do that.'