Kirklees Council’s garden waste collection service returned this week after its winter break – but the cost will go up from June.

The cost of having a brown bin will rise from £38.50 to £45 if you pay by debit or credit card or £40 if you set up a direct debit.

The council’s Clip & Collect scheme introduced the new discounted direct debit scheme at the beginning of February to coincide with the opening of the renewals window for 2022-23.

Kirklees Council says the annual cost works out at just £1.90 per collection per bin “which is cheaper than the average cost of driving to a local Household Waste Recycling Centre for most Kirklees residents.”

The 2021-22 season ends on June 5 and anyone wanting to continue must re-register. All new and re-registered customers will be on a service that starts in June and ends in June 2023.

Clr Naheed Mather, Cabinet member for the environment, said: “When Clip & Collect was launched in 2019, residents could sign up at any point during the year. The instant and increasing popularity of the service provided several challenges for us in administering the service.

Clr Naheed Mather

“We now have over 24,500 households using the service and want to make it even easier for them to re-register. That’s why we introduced a renewal window last year and this one we have introduced the direct debit scheme and offered a discount at the same time.

“This means our residents will keep more money in their pockets and they will know that their service will automatically continue for the following year.

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“What’s more, it is also much more efficient, as it takes up less resource which offers better value for taxpayers’ money.”

Clr Mather said the scheme was increasingly popular and added: “We are very excited about the way our Clip & Collect service is being taken up.

“Last year we recycled over 7,000 tonnes of garden waste into reusable organic material. If more residents sign up to Clip & Collect, they will be helping us make Kirklees an even greener place to live.”

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