Residents across the district who choose to have their garden waste collected by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) will pay more than the current Yorkshire average, new research has found.
Research by gardening retailer, Mantis UK, has found that the 2016 annual average fee for garden waste collection services by local authorities in Yorkshire is £32.63.
Following HBC's decision to introduce a £39 per bin fee to its former free green waste scheme, the charge will be 19.52 per cent higher than the current average cost for residents in the region.
The decision to introduce the charge was made earlier this year but the scheme will not be chargeable until summer 2017.
However, Councillor Michael Harrison, HBC's Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, argued that it is too simplistic to just look at the price of the scheme and reiterated that the service is optional.
He said: “When comparing service offerings it is too simplistic to look at the charge in isolation, it is also important to look at other relevant factors such as the frequency and number of collections, the capacity of container and whether there is a charge to provide the container and other discounts available.
"When these changes are made we are confident that the proposed £39 annual charge will be competitive and value for money when compared with our peers, both locally and nationally.
"In addition, there is no intention to make any change to the proposed charge before 2019, whilst other councils are expected to increase their charges over that period. Income generated will be used to support other waste and recycling initiatives in the district.”
In 2017 those who currently use the scheme for free will face the new charge, while those who would like to be newly enrolled on the scheme will have to pay from 2018.