Highland Council to charge for brown bin collection
The council have said it is not a statutory function they have to provide.
Highland Council is set to introduce a charge to collect brown bins.
As of July 3, residents can expect to pay £30 per year to have garden and food waste collected.
The service will be optional.
The council hope that the charges will bring in an additional £660,000 income.
In a statement, the Highland Council said: "The alternative to introducing the charge was to stop the garden waste collection service altogether.
"The garden waste collection service is not a statutory function which the Council has to provide."
They suggested that householders "consider getting a composting bin for garden waste" as an alternative.
Householders who currently receive the garden waste collection service will receive a letter over the next two weeks providing information about the new scheme including payment methods and what to do if they no longer wish to use the service.
Residents who wish to opt into the chargeable service will receive a unique sticker for their brown bin which can be identified by the collection crew.
Andy Summers, Head of Environmental and Amenity Services said: "We would encourage householders to continue to recycle as much as possible and help us to reduce waste going to landfill.
"You might want to consider getting a composting bin for garden waste. Composting at home is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden."