RESIDENTS wanting to continue receiving garden waste collections in Chorley are being urged to sign up for a controversial new scheme.

The new opt in service is being introduced for garden waste collections to cover a funding gap that Chorley Council, which collects rubbish in the area, says ‘is a step too far’.

It means households will need to pay £30 per year, per bin to have their garden waste taken away and recycled.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We knew the charge for garden waste collections would be unpopular but we feel this is the fairest way to continue to offer the service given the huge cuts in funding to ourselves and the county council, which is having to withdraw its recycling subsidy to us.

“From Wednesday, March 1 people who want to continue to receive garden waste collections will need to sign up online at chorley.gov.uk/bins or give us a call.

“To make sure you receive a continuous service and don’t miss any collections you need to do this in March – you can still opt in after that time but you risk missing out on some collections.”

The proposal was not supported by any Conservative opposition councillors.

Their leader, Cllr Paul Leadbetter proposed no charge for garden waste collection and frequency to be two weekly during summer months and four weekly during the winter months using the brown bins as now.

Everyone signing up for the scheme will receive a new grey bin for garden waste and this will be emptied every fortnight.

For properties with brown bins these will be used for collecting paper and cardboard mixed together.

The green boxes and black pods will be scrapped and paper and cardboard collections will move to every four weeks.

Collections for the green bin (general household waste) and blue bins (plastic bottles, glass and cans) will remain the same People can register online at chorley.gov.uk/bins, call 01257 515151 or visit the offices on Union Street.