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Shepway District Council introduced a charge on 1st April 2008, for its fortnightly garden waste collection from the brown-topped wheelie bins.
We did this to ensure we can continue and develop the service, which was originally paid for by a one-off Government grant. When it was introduced only a third of the district had access to the service and it was felt it was fairer to ask those who use the service to make a contribution towards the costs.
To keep service costs down a one off collection charge is made for the period 1 April to 31 March each year. The current collection charge will need to be made even if you join or leave the scheme part way through the year.
This year we no longer need to issue stickers. When you make your payment to renew your subscription we will inform our contractors that you have paid and your collection service will automatically be renewed. This will make your renewal process as convenient as possible and reduce our impact on the environment by not sending any further paperwork to you.
Christmas collections - Garden waste collections will take their usual break during the period Monday 28th December 2015 to Friday 8th January 2016 (inclusive). Changes to other recycling and waste collections over Christmas will be advertised nearer the time.
If you are already subscribed to the garden waste scheme you will receive a renewal invoice letter during February 2015. If you wish to renew your subscription you will need to pay the charge and full details of how to renew will be given on the letter you receive.
If any households with one of the brown top bins decide they do not want to pay for the service after 1 April 2015 they can contact the council to make arrangements for removal of the bin.
If you do not currently receive a garden waste collection but would like one, you will be able to pay to join the scheme from February 2015.
When you join, the payment will include a one-off hire fee for the bin, and an annual charge of for the collection service. In future years, you will be invoiced annually for the service charge.
Once we have received your payment, the bin should be delivered to you within 28 working days and you will receive the sticker in the post.