Extra green wheelie bins will be available to households that want to recycle more but at a cost.

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East Cambridgeshire District Council agreed this week that it would supply additional green bins on request but that an annual licence fee of £48 would be charged for the privilege.

The council says that, when it introduced the wheelie bin system last year, it agreed a contract with waste disposal company Veolia to collect one green recycling bin per household.

But Veolia said that if any extra bins needed collecting, the cost to the council would be charged at £29.90 per bin, per year.

On top of a series of additional costs – including the costs of green bin lids – the council has calculated that it will cost £48 to supply the bins and has therefore proposed to charge households that want an extra bin so that the public purse is not indebted.

In a report to councillors Dave White, waste strategy team leader, said: “Following introduction of wheeled bin services, concerns have been raised by some residents that the policy limits each property to a single wheeled bin for food and garden waste and officers have been asked to review options for the provision of additional bins.

“Collection charges agreed with Veolia for implementation of service charges were on the basis that each property was limited to a single wheeled bin.

“The provision of additional bins will result in additional charges to the council for which funds have not been identified.

“It is suggested that service users should pay these costs through an annual licence fee.”

The council has proposed an initial run of 500 new bins, which will be distributed to people wanting a second bin on a first come, first served basis.

6 comments

  • Additional charges were completely predictable when the council said on the introduction of the system that it "may" provide extra bins at a later date. What a rip-off. The council now wants to charge us extra for a service that was provided as standard pre wheelie bins - that of taking extra green waste. Most people who need extra green waste capacity usually have larger gardens, and pay above average council tax anyway, so zapping them with yet more charges is unreasonable. As I said at the time - the green bin system offers a reduced service from the original, perfectly satisfactory brown bag system. Still, the council never listens.

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    Skipper

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Additional charges were completely predictable when the council said on the introduction of the system that it "may" provide extra bins at a later date. What a rip-off. The council now wants to charge us extra for a service that was provided as standard pre wheelie bins - that of taking extra green waste. Most people who need extra green waste capacity usually have larger gardens, and pay above average council tax anyway, so zapping them with yet more charges is unreasonable. As I said at the time - the green bin system offers a reduced service from the original, perfectly satisfactory brown bag system. Still, the council never listens.

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    Skipper

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I totally agree with Skipper's comments. Capacity has been reduced to less than the 4 brown bags they previously collected and replaced and they will no longer collect any other green waste unless it is in a wheelie bin. Veolia must be rubbing their hands as no doubt they are now paid the same as under the brown bag scheme for collecting less waste and the council sees it as another way to collect more money from those who are already paying above average rate bills. The initial 500 bins will reap £24,000 more funds for them! Basically the Council has us over a "wheelie bin", sorry for pun, either we pay for another bin or we will have to make additional trips to the recycling centre by car, which is not very green!

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    Mr T

    Friday, February 7, 2014

  • Glad these are being charged for, I don't see why I should have to pay more on my Council Tax for some snob with a big garden to have more bins! The wheeled bins are far more satisfactory than the brown bags that would split if slightly wet, assuming you got them back at all!

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    foolsinpower

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Additional charges were completely predictable when the council said on the introduction of the system that it "may" provide extra bins at a later date. What a rip-off. The council now wants to charge us extra for a service that was provided as standard pre wheelie bins - that of taking extra green waste. Most people who need extra green waste capacity usually have larger gardens, and pay above average council tax anyway, so zapping them with yet more charges is unreasonable. As I said at the time - the green bin system offers a reduced service from the original, perfectly satisfactory brown bag system. Still, the council never listens.

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    Skipper

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • I phone the Council and added my name to the list of interested people wanting another green wheelie bin. "Please be advised it is only for garden waste and NOT food waste" the very helpful receptionist advised. The response to my why was "we can't charge for food collection so you will have to put food waste in your original bin". I did not have the courage to ask if we will get a second bin free for when we clear out our vegetable patche and dispose of windfalls from the fruit trees!

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    Mr T

    Friday, February 7, 2014

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