The cost of the Isle of Wight Council's Green Garden Waste collection service could increase to more than £100 a year.

Fees could be rising 6.25 per cent from April, to cover inflationary costs, the authority has said, if the go-ahead is granted in ten days time.

The optional service currently costs £96 a year for residents to have their garden waste picked up from their houses fortnightly.

Bills could rise £6 to £102, so the council can cover operational costs and pay the service provider.

When the scheme was first launched, in 2017, the service first cost £60 and rose to £72 in 2022.

After the hike last year — which saw prices increase by a third — more than 100 subscribers cancelled their subscriptions, although the council said it was not the only reason people had stopped the service.

An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: "As with all services delivered, there are a range of costs that are subject to inflation, such as staff pay, fuel, vehicle maintenance, gate fees, etc.

"The council pays the service provider the cost of delivering the series and needs to ensure that in these difficult times, where inflation has been high, that the service achieves sufficient income to cover the increasing delivery costs."

Cllr Ian Stevens, the council's deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, will decide whether to increase fees on Monday, December 18.

The proposal typically goes through scrutiny and approval at the council's cabinet but it will not meet again until after Christmas.

The council says it needs to make the decision urgently so it can design marketing materials, update the booking system software and prepare to open subscriptions in early January for the coming year's service.

The decision also needs to be made before the council sets its budget in February, so those behind the finances can estimate how much income the authority will be making.