New garden waste charges causing unhappiness
SOME residents are angrily attacking the introduction of charges by Moray Council to collect garden waste.
From April 1 anyone wanting the local authority to pick up grass cuttings and other garden waste will have to pay £36 each year for a permit.
Council refuse collectors will continue to collect brown bins filled with just food waste.
However, from April onwards, any brown bins found to also contain garden waste will not be emptied unless they have a permit stuck on them bearing the correct householder name and address.
The council began the process this week of sending letters to every home in Moray outlining the imminent changes.
Many people have taken to the council's Facebook page this week to express their displeasure.
However council leader Graham Leadbitter (Elgin South, SNP) believes the changes will ease the financial burden on the authority by as much as £750,000 a year.
He said: "We have been collecting garden waste for free for a long time, but it's not a service we have to provide by law. The council is in a very serious financial situation and difficult decisions have had to be made.
"There will be other budget proposals that will be brought up in the coming weeks which I'm sure will cause people significant concern. All I can say is that we have thought and continue to think long and hard about these decisions."