Bin charges come into force

Councillors Peter Rankin (left) and Robert Boswell (right) were the first Preston  residents to sign up to the new Garden Waste Scheme
Councillors Peter Rankin (left) and Robert Boswell (right) were the first Preston residents to sign up to the new Garden Waste Scheme
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Charges for garden waste bins come into force on Monday and Town Hall bosses are reminding residents that, unless they have subscribed to the new scheme, their brown bins won’t be emptied.

The controversial scheme was announced earlier this year, and leaders have urged householders to sign up.

Speaking at the latest full council meeting, Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, said 14,400 properties had agreed to the scheme - with some having more than one brown bin.

The full annual charge for the garden waste scheme is £30 per brown bin. The cost for Monday to March 31 2017 is £25, or £20 for those who signed up before 19 June.

Those who choose not to subscribe to the scheme will have their brown bin removed.

Concerns were raised at the meeting that residents could not get through to on the telephone to register their bin, and Coun Boswell said it needed to be “reviewed” for next year.