Councillors approve new green waste concessions
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Extra measures will be introduced to ensure South Gloucestershire’s green waste subscription service remains affordable for those in financial hardship, following a majority decision by councillors tonight (9 September).
A 50 per cent discount on the £36 annual charge is already available for those receiving certain benefits, but the hardship scheme will provide further support in exceptional circumstances.
The opt-in service was introduced in March 2014 as part of ongoing measures to reduce the council’s expenditure in line with the national austerity programme.
The council has already reduced its spending by £43m a year and needs to save a further £36m a year by 2020.
In a report to the committee, councillors were told that more than 38,000 residents have chosen to opt in to the subscription scheme, with little evidence of people resorting to fly tipping to dispose of their green waste.
Information about the garden waste service is available from www.southglos.gov.uk/gardenwasteservice
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