Green Garden Waste Deadline Looms….and Keeping Carshalton and Sutton Neat & Tidy

Green Garden Waste Deadline

The Green Garden Waste collection early bird discount ends on this coming Sunday 31st January 2016. You can still register for the service after that date but it will cost you more.

Sutton residents are being reminded that they have less than a week left to qualify for an early bird discount on the cost of their garden waste collections for 2016.

The early bird discount offer runs until 31 January 2016, with £10 off the cost of the garden waste collection service until that date.

The charges for garden waste collections for 2016 are as follows:

     Bin size  Price with early-bird discount (pay by 31 January 2016 to qualify)  Full price for 2016 (if you pay from 1 February 2016)
   1 x 240 litre bin    £49    £59
   1 x 140 litre bin    £44    £54
   2 x 240 litre bins    £84    £94

The price for 2016 is for 19 fortnightly collections, six more than in 2015.

The garden waste collections will start on Easter Monday, 28 March 2016, and finish on 17 December 2016. Residents will continue to have their garden waste collections on the same day as their recycling collections.

New subscribers can choose from two sizes of green waste bin – the standard-size 240-litre bin for residents with a medium-sized garden or a smaller 140-litre bin for residents with a small garden. Residents with large gardens can have two 240-litre bins for residents with a large garden.

Green waste bins for the new subscribers will be delivered before the service begins.

Keeping Carshalton and Sutton neat and tidy

Please can we ask you to be the Council’s eyes and ears looking out for issues around Carshalton and Sutton that need addressing. You can now report most things quickly online direct to Sutton Council, including potholes, flytipping, faulty lamp posts, noise nuisance, missed bin collections, dog fouling, and much more. Use the ‘Report It‘ section on Sutton Council’s website. Visit www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200447/report_it for more information. Thank you!

 

Early-bird discount for green garden waste collections ends soon

Sutton residents are being reminded that they have less than three weeks left to qualify for an early bird discount on the cost of their garden waste collections for 2016.

The early bird discount offer runs until 31 January 2016, with £10 off the cost of the garden waste collection service until that date.

The charges for garden waste collections for 2016 are as follows:

     Bin size  Price with early-bird discount (pay by 31 January 2016 to qualify)  Full price for 2016 (if you pay from 1 February 2016)
   1 x 240 litre bin    £49    £59
   1 x 140 litre bin    £44    £54
   2 x 240 litre bins    £84    £94

The price for 2016 is for 19 fortnightly collections, six more than in 2015.

The garden waste collections will start on Easter Monday, 28 March 2016, and finish on 17 December 2016. Residents will continue to have their garden waste collections on the same day as their recycling collections.

New subscribers can choose from two sizes of green waste bin – the standard-size 240-litre bin for residents with a medium-sized garden or a smaller 140-litre bin for residents with a small garden. Residents with large gardens can have two 240-litre bins for residents with a large garden.

Green waste bins for the new subscribers will be delivered before the service begins.

Carshalton Central’s Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“The new green garden waste service was a great success last year and now we need at least 10,000 residents to pay for the garden waste service before the end of January in order to secure the service for the coming year. Those who do so will secure a £10 discount. We are delighted that more than 7,000 Sutton residents have signed up already but we want to encourage as many more as possible to do so before the end of January.”

Residents wanting to join the scheme or renew their subscription should click here to pay for the service by debit card or credit card.

Happy New Year from Jill, Alan and Hamish – Sutton Council’s web site for “Report It”

https://www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200447/report_it

 

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Rubbish & recycling

Green garden waste collection service to change, free home compost bins available

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Green-fingered residents are being reminded that their green garden waste collection service is changing in the next few weeks.

The council’s free green garden waste collection service comes to an end this fortnight, with last scheduled collections on Saturday 27 June.

Scheduled fortnightly collections for the new paid-for green garden waste collection service will start on Monday 29 June.

If you haven’t yet signed up for the new service or would like  more information about it, go to sutton.gov.uk/ggw

If you don’t want to sign up for the new service, you are kindly asked not to put your garden waste in the brown bin as this is for non-recyclable waste only. You can dispose of your green garden waste at the Kimpton Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Alternatively, Sutton Council is giving away free home composting bins to residents, thanks to funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government after the council successfully bid for the money.

Residents can order their choice of a 220 or 330-litre bin and pay just £5 for delivery. Soil conditioner (made from the council’s garden waste collections) is also available free of charge to residents at our Kimpton Park Way centre.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said:

“We’re delighted that we can continue to provide residents with the green garden waste collection service they asked for. If you haven’t signed up already, please do so quickly so you don’t miss out.

“A great alternative is home composting your garden waste. It is fantastic for the environment, is easy to do and saves you money. It also helps your garden to bloom.”

Visit sutton.gov.uk/composting for more information on the free home composting bins, and sutton.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling for more information on Kimpton Parkway Reuse and Recycling Centre and recycling options in the borough

Residents urged to sign up for paid for green garden waste service

10,000 people need to sign up by the 15th February 2015 to make the service viable. Stopping the free service will save £736,000 a year

Sutton Council will begin charging for Green Garden Waste Collection from July 2015 provided 10,000 people sign up for the service.

Residents have until 15th February 2015 to sign up for the service. They can either do that online by visitingwww.sutton.gov.uk/ggw or they will receive a form in the post to fill in and send back to the council.

A 240 litre bin will be charged at £59 annually with an early bird discount rate of £49 on offer if people sign up before the 15th February 2015. That’s cheaper than neighbouring boroughs of Kingston (£71), Merton (£65) and Richmond (£60). This decision was taken by Thursday’sEnvironment and Neighbourhood’s Committee after almost 2,000 people had their say on the future of the service. The consultation was part of the council’s Sutton’s Future campaign which encourages residents to help the council achieve £40m of savings from its annual budget by 2019. The savings are being forced by unprecedented government reductions to funding and growing demand for council services.

Residents were given the option of the current free service becoming a charged for service, or being stopped completely. The paid for service will start on1 July, 2015if enough residents sign up. If they don’t, the service is likely stop in April 2015. The council will begin promoting the sign up to residents in the coming weeks.

Councillor Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“There has been enough interest in having a paid for service that we are going to support residents by seeing if we can get enough people to sign up to make it viable. Most people who took part in the consultation understood the rationale of stopping the free service because of the budgetary pressures we are under. The fact that we had almost 2,000 responses shows that our residents want to help shape Sutton’s Future. If enough people sign up, then the charge of £59 annually, with an early bird discount to £49 works out roughly as £1 a week – that’s cheaper than our neighbouring boroughs charge. We really need to get to the 10,000 mark so please sign up if you are interested online or via the leaflet that will be coming through your door.”

Consultation results

The borough-wide consultation included a telephone survey representative of the borough, an online survey on the Sutton’s Future website and three ‘Have Your Say’ events where residents could give their views in person and ask questions. In the telephone survey, 79% of those surveyed had a garden and 74% of these used the current service. Out of the 1,002 people surveyed, 32% were in favour of charging for the service and 42% supported it being stopped. In the online survey, out of the 892 people that took part, 69% favoured the chargeable service and 60% said they intended to subscribe; 11% said they supported the service stopping. In the three ‘Have Your Say’ events, the preferred option among the 92 attendees was to charge for the service. The events were held in Wallington, Sutton Civic Offices and the Life Centre.

Green Garden Waste Collections

sutton_council_logoSutton Council’s spokesman says:
 
Unfortunately due to driver shortage we are experiencing a backlog in our garden waste collection.

We have met with the supplier of drivers and are seeking to remedy the situation in time for the week commencing 26 August.

In the meantime we advise residents to leave out their garden waste as we aim to catch up by Saturday when we will be making additional collections.  We intend to only log missed collections if individual houses are missed but the rest of the road has been collected.

We appreciate your patience while we remedy this and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Residents to help decide future of Green Garden Waste collection

·Online and telephone surveys set up as part of Sutton’s Future

·Service costs £736,000 a year to operate

Sutton Council is asking its residents to help decide the future of green garden waste collection in the borough.

The change is part of the Sutton’s Future campaign which encourages the public to work with the council to help make £40m worth of savings to the council’s annual budget. The savings are being forced by unprecedented reductions to our funding and growing demand for council services.

The discretionary service, which is currently free, costs £736,000 a year. The significant cost, combined with the fact that many people without gardens or home compost pay for a service they don’t use while others use it irregularly, means the council is proposing to change the service by either stopping it and providing alternatives or charging for it.

Green garden waste collection (GGW) is currently paid for by Sutton’s 78,174 households through their council tax bill, although the vast majority of the borough’s 27,336 flats, maisonettes and apartments don’t use it.

It is a service that is also charged for in neighbouring boroughs. For example Kingston charge £71 a year, Merton charge £65 a year and Richmond charge £60 a year.

Sutton Council is offering on a range of ways where people can make their views known. There will be three ‘Have Your Say’ events where people can share their views. A GGW online survey will run between 9 September and 3 October, and there will also be a telephone survey of 1,000 residents. Participants of the telephone survey will be picked at random.

The council is proposing two options for residents to have their say on:

·Option One – To charge for the service so that only those who use it pay for it. The council would provide customers with a 240 litre capacity wheeled bin (equivalent to three current sacks) but charge users £59 per annum for the service (£49 if they sign up before 15 February every year). There are other options such as smaller bins, shared bins and biodegradable sacks if space is limited. The collections would start in July 2015 and continue to be fortnightly. We would need to sign up at least 10,000 customers for this service to be viable, otherwise the service will be stopped.

The charge is comparable to neighbouring boroughs of Merton, Richmond and Kingston.

·Option Two – To stop fortnightly collections but help residents with other ways of dealing with green garden waste including providing a free compost bin (£5 delivery charge) and community composting sites around the borough

Councillor Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, said:

“With £40m to save from our annual budget there are hard decisions to be made. We are trying to be as fair as possible. Green Garden Waste collection is a service currently paid for by everyone, although thousands of households don’t have access to it.

“We want to hear what residents think about the future of the service. We can either stop it and provide alternatives such as composting, or we can charge for it to cover the £736,000 a year it costs to run the service. We are proposing a charge of £59 with an early bird discount to £49 – so that’s roughly £1 a week.

“From September 9, people can have their say via the green garden waste online survey or find out more about our workshops by visiting www.suttonsfuture.org.”

The events where people can discuss Green Garden Waste are:

·Have Your Say event, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Wednesday 24 September at Holy Trinity Church, Malden Road, Wallington, SM6 8BL

·Have Your Say event, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 25 September at MR1, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, SM1 1EA

·Have Your Say event, 2pm to 4pm, Tuesday 30 September at Sutton Life Centre, 24 Alcorn Close, SM3 9PX

Green Garden Waste Collections resume…

Garden waste collections will start on Monday 1st April to Saturday 14th December 2013

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Each household can put out two Council authorised 120 litre reusable sacks or three 70 litre jute sacks for free (additional single use 70 litre biodegradable sacks can be purchased for £1 per sack, at libraries only).

FREE GARDEN WASTE SACKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL BOROUGH LIBRARIES FROM MARCH 2012.

Missed Collections need to be reported by the following day. You can do this by completing an Online Missed Collection report. Our aim is to collect the missed waste within 2 days (not including Sundays). Please make sure your bags are left outside for collection.

The garden waste collection will start on Monday 1st April 2013 and will run until Saturday 14th December 2013. The collections are fortnightly on the same day that the green wheeled bins are collected. Residents can put out up to two Council authorised 120 litre reusable plastic sacks or three 70 litre jute sacks filled with garden waste.  Extra 70 litre single use biodegradable sacks may be purchased at £1 each.

The reusable sacks can be used for the following: Twigs, sticks, leaves, grass, hedge clippings, dead plants, weeds and branches up to 20cms or 8 inches in diameter.

Biodegradable single use sacks:These are 100% biodegradable and will break down during the composting process. Sacks must be stored in a cool dry place at all times. Please restrict the use of these sacks to grass cuttings, leaves, weeds, dead plants, small hedge trimmings and garden materials that will not tear the sacks.

The Council arranges for the garden waste to be turned into a soil conditioner and this is made available to residents free of charge when available from the Impound Park Way Reuse and Recycling Centre, SM3 9QH. Residents are allowed to take away up to four sacks of soil conditioner at a time. Residents should take own sacks and spade with them.  

Sacks must be left open and not tied or taped shut.

  • Sacks must be visibly placed at the edge of your property before 6am and until 8.30pm on your bin collection day.
  • Please do not put sacks on the public footpath where they may cause accidents
  • It would help us if waste is put into the reusable and the single use sacks as near to the collection day as possible before it has time to decompose.
  • The reusable sacks will be returned to their point of collection. Whilst every effort will be made to return your sacks to you, windy weather conditions may cause sacks to be blown around.

Garden waste can be taken to the Re-use and Recycling Centre, Kimpton Park Way, Sutton SM3 9QH (off Oldfields Road, A217).