Since 2010 the council has saved approximately £160 million by making efficiencies, and reducing, ceasing or changing services. However amid an on-going challenging financial outlook, the council anticipates the need to save a further £25 million over the next two years.
The free collection of garden waste is not a service the council has to provide by law. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 gives councils the option to introduce a charge for the service.
In February 2017 Walsall Council’s Cabinet approved the introduction of charging for garden waste collections subject to further consultation.
Consultation about the introduction of a charge for garden waste ended on Tuesday 7 August 2017.
Charging for the collection of garden waste would make a saving in the region of £300,000. If we are unable to make this saving then this amount of money may have to be found in other ways – by putting up council tax, introducing other fees and charges or by cutting other important services.
We know that people value the garden waste collection service and no decision has yet been made about how this service will operate.
Your views are important to us. As part of the consultation process we will carefully consider what you have said before a final decision is made in Autumn / Winter 2017. The results of the consultation will be published on our website as soon as we are able to do so.