Plans are being drawn up to begin charging residents in Peterborough nearly £40 a year for brown bin collections of garden waste.
It is understood Peterborough City Council chiefs are determined to make the payment as easy and convenient as possible - either online or over the phone.
However, plans to impose the charge have still to secure the final approval of councillors.
A £39-a-year brown bin charge is estimated to save the council £800,000.
If the charge is approved there is likely to be a period of some weeks during which residents will be informed of the charge and given time to decide if they wish to sign up to the scheme.
It is understood, residents who sign up will receive stickers to attach to their bin. But computers in the dustcarts will tell operators which homes have paid the charge.
Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for culture, recreation and waste management, said: “We are currently doing preparatory work for when and how the charge would work, should the council decide to go ahead as proposed on March 5.
“If approval is given our priority will be to ensure that it is as quick and easy as possible to sign up.
He said: “In the meantime, we are in the process of leafleting all residents to remind them that the existing ‘free’ garden waste collection service resumes after its winter suspension from week commencing March 3on your usual collection day, in line with the calendar that they have received previously. We will update all residents as appropriate after March 5.”
Residents can have their say on the budget proposals ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.
To make comments, email budget@ peterborough.gov.uk. Or by post: Financial Services Manager, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough.