Residents across Ryedale may be charged for having their green bins collected, with council bosses warning the alternative could be axing their garden waste service and making other cuts.
Proposals to introduce a £27 fee for each green bin in 2014/15, and increase this to £36 the following year, will be discussed by a Ryedale District Council committee.
The fee would be a voluntary payment, but officials said there could be a risk of redundancies among council staff if people did not take part in the scheme because they had to pay.
Collecting garden waste costs the council £285,730 a year and officials said almost a third of English councils now charge for it, but “negative publicity and customer perception” would have to be overcome.
The plans will first go before the authority’s policy and resources committee, with a final decision being made at a full council meeting at the end of October. The scheme is intended to start next June if approved.
You can read the full story in this week’s Gazette and Herald, where the idea has already attracted several unfavourable comments.