Live in Stoke-on-Trent? Cash-strapped council makes major change to your bin collections


Brown bin collections are to stop even earlier this year – to save the council £80,000.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council started its 2020 garden waste collections on schedule earlier this month.

But councillors have now voted to stop collections in October this year rather than November.

And they will not resume again until April, 2021.

Now keen gardeners have slammed the cost-cutting measure.

Brown Bin collections will resume in 2020

Weston Coyney Residents’ Association secretary Sue Bourne, aged 74, from Weston Coyney, said: “This should never happen. I’ve got two compost bins which are full and a recycling bin which is also full.

“It means my green waste has been going in the ordinary waste. I’m not happy about it and I think it’s a regrettable policy. It’s not eco-friendly.

“From an ecological perspective, the council is just throwing away stuff that could be used in other ways.”

Items accepted in brown bins in Stoke-on-Trent: 
garden plant waste
food waste
branches (small)
egg shells
hedge cuttings
leaves
moss,
plants
shrubs
teabags
uncooked food
vegetable peel
twigs
weeds
flowers
food waste (cooked and uncooked)
scraps
greenery
bouquets
arrangements
cuttings
vegetables
coffee grounds

The council says March and November produces the least amount of organic waste. Brown bins are collected on the same day as blue recycling bins.

The authority has ruled out charging for garden waste collections – despite neighbouring Newcastle Borough Council bringing in the charge last year.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our brown bin collections started on March 2, 2020 and will continue until October 31, 2020. A budget proposal has been passed to end brown bin collections in October rather than November and to start collections in April, 2021.

Sue Bourne with her brown bin

“The demand for garden waste collections over the winter months is low, therefore, it is more cost effective for the city council to end collections in October and then start them later the following year. This will be put in place later this year.

“Anyone who finds they have garden waste to dispose of over the winter period can take it to one of our household recycling centres for free, where it will be properly disposed of and recycled.”





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