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The garden waste postcode lottery: why you could be paying more than your neighbour

Getting our garden waste collected may not be something we do very often, but many of us may assume it's free.

But it turns out that where you live determines how much you have to pay for your garden waste to be collected.

As it varies between districts, some people is Cambridgeshire will have it collected for free, while others will have to pay a yearly charge of up to £45.

58 per cent of councils now charge for the service, but four in Cambridgeshire remain free.

Cambridge City Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council do not charge for the service.

But those who live in the area covered by Peterborough City Council will be paying £45.

It's free in some parts of Cambridgeshire (Image: Getty)

A Peterborough City Council spokesperson, said: "The council generates £977,000 per year from charges for garden waste collections.

"This pays for the collection of the garden waste, diesel, general upkeep for vehicles used for collection and the systems required for sign up.

"Due to ongoing government budget pressures, the council is not able to pay for this and must generate the cost of the service instead.

"This is a discretionary service and not something all residents need to have.

"There are alternative options available for residents, such as discounted home composting units or transporting garden waste to our household recycling centre instead."

It used to be free within Fenland District Council, but now costs residents £40 a year for garden waste to be collected.

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