Brown recycling bin
Brown recycling bin

Moray Labour is today announcing that Labour councillors elected in May will seek to abolish charges for garden waste uplift. Garden Waste Permits were introduced by the Moray Council in 2019. Under the scheme, local residents must pay an annual charge of £40 for the uplift of garden waste in the Council’s brown bins.

Cllr John Divers, Labour Leader on the Moray Council, said:

“I have always questioned the effectiveness of brown bin charges. Many local residents avoid the charge by simply disposing of garden waste in their green bins. This results in more waste going to landfill, which actually costs the Council money. It’s a completely false economy. If I’m re-elected in May, together with a larger group of Labour councillors, we’ll scrap this charge and restore free collections for brown bins.”

Welcoming today’s policy announcement, Labour candidate for Forres, James Hynam, said:

“Brown bin charges are an anti-environment policy. If not properly composted, garden waste produces methane, which is 25 times more harmful to our climate that CO2. If the Council is going to take climate change seriously it needs to be reflected in its actions, and not just empty sentiments.”

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