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Garden waste collection service in West Suffolk set to be reviewed

The cost of the brown bin service or waste collection days could change next year if a review goes ahead.

The brown bin service is set to be reviewed (2294408)
The brown bin service is set to be reviewed (2294408)

St Edmundsbury Borough Council's overview and scrutiny committee will discuss launching a review of the garden waste collection service on Wednesday, while Forest Heath will consider the matter on Thursday.

If agreed, the review would run from July-October, ahead of any changes being implemented in April 2019.

The current brown bin system, which sees residents who opt-in pay £40 a year for collections, was introduced in April 2016.

In the first two years around 30,000 households have subscribed each year and the service is 'generally operating in line with the original assumptions and expectations', according to a report to St Edmundsbury's overview and scrutiny committee.

It is expected the review could look at the finances of the scheme and subscription charges from April 2019 onwards, the potential of different collection days reducing costs, possible incentives for online transactions, payment options and marketing and communications arrangements.

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