PLANS have been announced to charge for garden waste collection in Shropshire.

A six-week consultation on the plans, which also include proposals for the future operation of the council’s five household recycling centres, runs from April 9 to May 20.

Shropshire Council is proposing to introduce an annual subscription fee of £52 and is asking if locals would be willing to pay more than £52 a year if the additional money was used to keep all five tips open, and whether the opening times of some recycling centres could be reduced.

The consultation also asks for people’s thoughts about a new permit or booking system for people visiting a recycling centre.

The proposals are being made as Shropshire Council must make £62m of savings this year to keep a balanced budget.

Charging for garden waste collections, and closing two of the council’s five recycling centres, are among proposals approved by councillors as part of Shropshire Council’s budget cuts.

To take part in the consultation and find out more go to