You may have to pay to have garden waste taken away

Uckfield residents may have to pay to have their garden waste bins emptied in future.

Wealden District Council is looking at the option for the whole district as it works to appoint a new contractor to collect household waste and recycling materials from the kerbside.

The current company which collects, Kier, terminated its contract early.

New contract

Wealden is working with two other authorities on a new arrangement.

The council’s Cabinet has decided it will not bring the collection service back “in house”.

The new contract will aim for a fortnightly collection for recyclate and rubbish in alternate weeks. However, glass would not be separated but co-mingled so there will be just two bins for all households.

Garden waste collection will still be offered but under the new contract it could incur an extra charge. At present it is free.

June 2019 start date

Full details will not be known until a deal with a new operator has been agreed.

It is due to come into effect in June 2019 and will cover Wealden, Rother and Hastings.

The current partnership also covers Eastbourne but in future that borough will join with Lewes District.

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