Information packs about the impending changes to garden waste collections will be hitting the doorsteps of Ryedale residents in the coming weeks.
It comes after Ryedale District Council made the decision to make garden waste collection a chargeable service.
The cost works out at £27 for the period running from June to March – a cost of less than £2 per collection.
The information pack is being mailed to each property detailing how residents can subscribe to the scheme.
Paying online is the “quickest and easiest way to pay,” said Beckie Bennett, Streetscene Manager for Ryedale District Council.
“However, there will be a number of other easy ways to pay, for residents who do not have access to a computer”, she said.
“It will be possible to subscribe to the scheme any time up until July 18, but residents are advised to subscribe as soon as possible so they can benefit from the maximum number of collections.”
Once payment has been received, a confirmation letter will be posted out along with a licence within 14 days.
This licence will need to be affixed to the garden waste bin to show the collection crew that residents have paid to receive the service. Bins without current licences will not be emptied.
Garden waste collections have been costing the authority over £285,000 per year to run. To protect this service and ensure its continued provision, the council has agreed to introduce a subscription service to offset part of the running costs.