Published: 18/05/2017 13:00 - Updated: 18/05/2017 12:45

Highland Council brown bin charges come into force next month

Written byGregor White

People will have to pay an annual £30 charge for their brown bins.
People will have to pay an annual £30 charge for their brown bins.

CHARGES for brown bin collections are due to start from next month as the council admitted jobs could still go depending on uptake.

Letters informing residents about the new regime are being hand delivered by binmen on their rounds after Highland Council announced in February that the previously free service for garden waste would now be charged for.

In an aim to generate £660,000 income and help address a £20 million funding gap it was claimed at the time that the move to charge a £30 annual fee for the service would also help safeguard 25 jobs.

Now, however, it has been claimed the impact on future jobs could well depend on how popular the service continues to be.

Asked about it by the Highland News a council spokeswoman said there were no requirements for staff reductions this financial year, but added: “The level of uptake has been estimated and if uptake were to be lower, this would create a budget pressure for the service. It is however too early to say what the uptake will actually be.”

The £30 payment for householders wishing to continue receiving brown bin uplifts has to be received by the council by June 4.

Payment can be made by debit or credit card at www.highland.gov.uk

gardenwaste or by calling 01349 886603.

Householders will then be sent a confirmation letter and a sticker with a unique serial number to put on their bin.

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