Garden waste services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to be considered at BCP Council's Cabinet meeting

Posted on Friday 20th September 2019

The garden waste service across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is on the agenda for BCP Council Cabinet on 30 September.

The report being discussed focuses on garden waste for 2020.

There are currently three separate services in place set up by the preceding councils, with the Bournemouth and Poole garden waste services now run by BCP Council and Christchurch’s being managed by the Dorset Waste Partnership until 1 April 2020. From April 2020, BCP Council will be managing the Christchurch service.

The recommendations being considered for the 2020 garden waste service include a single annual price of £46 per household for one bin which would be pro-rata for Christchurch residents joining from April 2020; and the retention of the current multiple bin options in each town.

Refuse and recycling waste collections are a statutory function which local authorities are required to provide by law. Separate garden waste collections are a discretionary service that councils can charge households for. The current services are popular with nearly 50,000 households across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole registering in 2019, with 14,250 tonnes of garden waste collected in 2018/19.

Councillor Felicity Rice, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change commented “Gardening can have a positive impact on your physical and mental wellbeing and the garden waste service provides an eco-friendly means of disposing of this waste as the  garden waste we collect is used to create a high-quality compost.

“Residents will be able to register for the 2020 garden waste service by visiting the BCP Council website from November 2019.”

For more information, please follow the link to the Garden Waste Cabinet Report