Luton Borough Council considers £35 green waste collection charge

The move could come into play in April 2016
The move could come into play in April 2016

Luton Borough Council is weighing up plans to charge homeowners £35 for the collection of garden waste, the Herald & Post can reveal.

We have seen a spreadsheet listing the council’s medium-term savings schedule, which sets out the proposal to “introduce charges for the discretionary green waste collection service”.

If agreed on, the plan would see homeowners charged £35 for every season the green waste collection runs.

Brown bins are currently collected fortnightly from March to November.

The spreadsheet indicates a potential start date of April 2016 for the charge, which would add £200,000 annually to the council’s coffers.

Last month LBC hiked its council tax precept for the 16th time in 18 years.

Luton Lib Dems have called the proposal a “monstrous smash and grab raid on hard pressed Luton families”.

Cllr David Franks added: “It is crazy, it would lead to more people flytipping and just tipping garden waste into their black bins.

“It is another outrage. I don’t ever recall so many people getting in touch over a single issue.”

A council spokesperson told the Herald & Post: “This matter has yet to be considered and no decision has been made.”