Perth and Kinross Council have announced that there will be charges in place for the removal of garden waste using brown lidded bins next year. The decision to charge for this service was taken at the PKC budget setting process in February 2017.
This service had previously been chargeable when first introduced to householders approximately 20 years ago. In 2004 the service was expanded to a wider area and made free of charge thanks to Government funding. Budgetary constraints have meant this service is now to become a chargeable service once again.
From April 2018 if a brown lidded bin is presented for collection containing garden waste without a valid permit it will not be emptied.
Householders who receive a brown bin service will receive a letter from PKC in January to officially let them know of the change to the service. There will also be information on how to register and pay for a garden waste permit. If your household has two brown lidded bins, then they will both need permits if they are both used for garden waste.
A permit for 2018/2019 will cost £25 and once received should be attached to the relevant bin to indicate to collection crews to uplift.
You will still be able to recycle all their cooked and uncooked food free of charge in the brown lidded bins. Garden waste can still be disposed of free of charge by taking it to your local recycling depot, which for Auchterarder and the surrounding areas is the skip facility at the Public Park in Auchterarder.
It is intended that residents will be able to register and pay for a permit online at the my.pkc.gov.uk portal. Although this option does not seem to be available as yet.
If you use your brown lidded bin to get rid of garden waste, you will soon need to decide whether you will need a permit or will you drive to the recycling centre to dispose of it?