We'll be contacting all our garden waste subscribers direct to confirm this narrow decision at an extraordinary council meeting on 27 July and to offer them, as recompense, a £15 discount on next year's subscription price, which had been set at £50. Any new subscribers will pay the full amount.
Suspending garden waste collections for a maximum of four weeks (the equivalent of two collections) will release five drivers to focus instead on catching up with missed collections of household waste and recycling.
Last night's meeting also agreed to the cost of leasing an additional collection vehicle to help cater for an increasing number of subscriptions to the garden waste collection service until 31 March 2022.
To help our contractor attract new drivers in a competitive market caused by a UK-wide shortage, councillors also narrowly agreed to share equally with Serco until March next year the cost of an uplift in wages for drivers on Derbyshire Dales rounds.
Last night's debate and decisions can be viewed again on our YouTube channel (below):
In the meantime, as a temporary measure, we're continuing to ask residents to mix food waste in their usual household waste (grey) bin - or sacks (if they are not on a bins round).
To help prevent animals ripping open sacks in search of food waste, residents on sack rounds can put their usual food caddy out alongside their refuse sacks if they wish, but food inside the caddy does need to be contained within a sealed bag.
Sign up for free waste collection emails at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/enewsreg