Councils charging £74 million for garden waste collection

New BBC research has revealed that UK councils are collectively charging nearly £74 million for garden waste collection.

Collated by BBC One's Rip Off Britian, the data shows that more than half of local councils have introduced charges for garden waste collections, highlighting a noticeable change from green waste being paid for through the collection of council tax. Of the 322 local authorities responsible for waste collection who responded to a freedom of information request, 172 admitted to charging for the service.

With the total charge for green waste collection having risen from £42.3 million in 2014 to £73.9 million in 2017, the Local Government Association has said that the current £5 billion shortfall in local authority funding is behind the change of policy. Broken down, the average cost to residents of the charge is £42.40 each year, with Harlow in Essex noted as carrying the highest charge, roughly £96 per year for its residents.