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New Forest District Council to increase waste charges

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NEW Forest District Council is increasing the amount it charges to take away rubbish, including bulky collections and garden waste.

A report signed off by Cllr Steve Davies, the cabinet member for environment and coastal services, said the changes were in line with inflation and would bring in an increase in income of £45,000.

From 1st April, garden waste subscription fees will increase by around 5%, depending on the number of bags required and the point at which a customer joins the scheme. A subscription for one bag for the year will cost £37.

The garden waste service will now cost £37 annually for one bag
The garden waste service will now cost £37 annually for one bag

The report said existing customers who re-subscribe to the service for 2022/23 will receive a discounted rate due to the disruption caused by staff shortages which meant collections were temporarily paused.

The cost of additional black refuse bags will increase from £5.20 for a roll of 26 to £5.45. A roll of 36 clear recycling sacks will go up from £2 to £2.10.

The bulky waste collection service, which disposes of furniture and white goods, will increase to £34 from £32 for one item. Additional items will cost a further £8.50 – an increase of 50p.

The report added: "This service continues to offer very good value to customers."

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