CHARGES could be introduced for the collection of garden waste in a bid to save £1m.
Green wheelie bins are current- ly collected free but environment- ally-minded homeowners may have to opt-in and pay for the service in the future.
This could lead to waste being disposed of in less environmentally friendly ways according to Sefton Green Party.
If approved, from April 2014 anybody wishing to dispose of garden waste through the council will have to sign up for collections and pay.
Plans do not include charging for collections for bottles and tins, which are also currently undertaken by the council free of charge.
However, after the council has driven green-friendly policies in recent years, officers anticipate that a drop in people recycling through the correct avenues is likely.
A report on the introduction of green waste charges said: “It is recognised that this is likely to have an impact on the council’s overall recycling rate, however it is forecast that the net potential impact on the budget gap will be in the region of £1m (2014/15).
“Should cabinet approve this change standard council procedures will be observed in respect of informing the public of the removal of the subsidy for providing this service, and provide an opportunity to seek opinion on the level of charge that residents would be willing to pay to use the green waste collection service.”
Officers estimate the saving will be £1m after taking into account the cost of dealing with any problems arising from the charges.
Laurence Rankin, co-ordinator of Sefton Green Party, was opposed to the plans.
He said: “I think anything that makes it more difficult for people to recycle and reuse materials is clearly a bad idea because it’s knocking people from getting into the habit and culture of recycling – we should be encouraging people to recycle.”
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