Simple Way How to Make Millions on Free Service – UK Сouncils Get £74m for Taking Away Garden Waste (Infographics)

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Councils charge an extra £96 to take some rubbish – the free service that now rakes in millions as an option. Here’s what Nexter.org found out about this problem in the UK.

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Householders in Britain are paying out almost £74million a year in garden waste fees. More and more local authorities are charging for the service which used to be included as part of the council tax, according to BBC consumer series Rip Off Britain: Live.

Data obtained by the programme using freedom of information laws shows more than half (53%) of UK councils now levy a charge for collecting green waste, with revenues of £73.9 million pounds in 2016/17.

The figure is up from £42.3 million in 2014/15 and £56.9 million 2015/16, according to the research.

Some 172 councils of the 322 that responded to requests for information charge to collect garden waste, with an average cost to residents of £42.40 a year.

The highest charges are £96 a year in Harlow, Essex, and £86 in Arun, West Sussex, while the lowest charges are £18 a year in Monmouthshire and £22 in Richmondshire, North Yorkshire.

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Presenter Gloria Hunniford said: “While clearly some of our viewers are unhappy their garden waste is no longer taken away for free, the results of our survey show it’s unlikely that’s going to change any time soon.

“And with further councils set to introduce such charges, even more of us will need to get used to paying to have our grass clippings taken away”.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association said that local councils had been forced to introduce charges because of cuts to funding by central government.

“Councils in England face an overall funding gap that will exceed £5bn by 2020,” he said.

“Some councils were able to provide free garden waste services when they were first introduced but are now having to charge to reflect the growing cost of providing a collection service.”


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