Calderdale sets pace on gardening waste

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ANOTHER council is poised to follow Calderdale’s example and begin charging residents for removing grass cuttings and other garden waste.

But instead of having to pay £1.56 per bag as they do in Calderdale, householders in the Kirklees area are expected to be charged only £1.

They will be required to put out a minimum of five bags at any one time, if the change is approved by councillors next week.

About 20,000 householders regularly use the free collection service in the Huddersfield area which is due to come to an end in October as part of a scheme to help balance the budget.

Calderdale Council has two systems for removing garden waste.

Small amounts will be collected in bags which can be obtained from customer first offices, which are situated at Brighouse Civic Hall, Hebden Bridge Library, Todmorden Community College, Carlton Mill,in Sowerby Bridge, Southgate in Elland and Princess Buildings, Halifax.

Householders with large amounts of garden refuse such as branches, earth and stones must ring the council to arrange a visit by an expert who will provide an estimate of the costs involved.

The number to ring is 0845 245 6000.

Calderdale residents can take garden waste to household recycling sites or put small amounts into home composting bins.

Two sizes are available at a subsidised price of £15 and £18, and people who buy one can get one free.

There is a £5.49 charge for delivery which can be arranged by ringing 0845 130 6090.