Monday, 16 September 2013

Are you a keen recycler? Charging to empty your 'brown bin'

If so then read on...

We all understand in these austere times that our Councils have to save money.

At this time of year local authorities start positing how they can make the books balance from next April, and North West Leicestershire District Council is no different.

Next Tuesday the Conservative Cabinet will meet to consider proposed cost savings for the 2014/15 financial year and as you might expect most of them either mean cutting services or you paying more for them.

Perhaps most controversial is a proposal to start charging you to empty your brown 'Green Waste' bin.

Papers released by NWLDC reveal plans to charge £30 a year to collect your bin, which will be reduced to £25 if you pay by Direct Debit.

Although the scheme won't come fully online until the summer of 2015 it is forecast that savings of £22,000 will be made next year with annual savings of £150,000 when the scheme is fully operational.

In the same papers it's revealed that NWLDC will start refusing to collect bins which have been put out late, saving a further £10,000 a year.

What do you think?

Is £30 a year a reasonable charge?

Will charging to collect your 'brown bin' stop you from recycling? Will you do more home composting? or will you just press your 'black bin' down more?

Your comments would be appreciated?

15 comments:

  1. That's outrageous! When all this brown waste is rotted down what happens to the compost? Surely somebody is selling it for a profit. I already pay via my council tax for this service ( which we use as we don't produce enough to compost ) and now it's being suggested we pay again. Once again, a classic case of the bankers got us in this mess and the ordinary little guy is being squeezed because the country is in trouble. If you must do this why not charge based on the quantity of waste produced then the people with the large houses would pay more than those with yards.

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  2. I'll just stop recycling green waste. Expect to find it in my general waste bin.

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  3. I wouldnt recycle anymore garden waste and just put it in my own compost bin or just in my normal bin.yet again the council are there ripping you off.

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  4. I have 2 big green bins as I have a large garden. ( Ex council property so large) just mowing the lawn fills them. This is not good way to encourage people to recycle. However knowing what others such as charnwood charge and have done for yrs. We were surprised when we moved here that their was no charge. However pennies are tight for everyone.

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  5. Can't fit green waste into black bins as it is. You say recycling. But hedge cuttings and lawns etc not for recycling. Also unless they put it on council tax or change the bins again to diff colours how would it be managed. But then some have large gardens some none. Think it would cost more to implement. Than what currently paying out. Also small brown bin large green bins and how many. Charge per bin or per house etc.

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  6. Just a way of getting round increasing the council charge whilst not appearing to and then being able to con voters at the next election by saying they have frozen it. So much for open and honest politics.

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  7. If they want me to recycle they shouldn't charge. Will just shove it in my compost bin and hide the rest in the black bin.

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  8. Thats the tories for you, my coment is why did you vote them in to power anyway?

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  9. I will start doing what the council grass cutting teams do - leave it all over the paths and the road

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  10. Get rid of some of the overpaid twats at the council offices and you could safe a hell of a lot more that £150,000

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  11. will be a few black bags going ashby road recycling evertime the lawns need doing, and the council can send someone to pick my brown bins up because I wont be using them!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. This will add about another 3% to the ordinary President's council tax but considerably less to those with bigger properties and more to those who cannot pay by direct debit. The former probably friends of the ruling party on NWLDC and the latter those already punished by the bedroom tax. Didn't the Tories in their council manifesto promise no increase in council tax?

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  13. This will add about another 3% to the ordinary President's council tax but considerably less to those with bigger properties and more to those who cannot pay by direct debit. The former probably friends of the ruling party on NWLDC and the latter those already punished by the bedroom tax. Didn't the Tories in their council manifesto promise no increase in council tax?

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  14. This will add about another 3% to the ordinary President's council tax but considerably less to those with bigger properties and more to those who cannot pay by direct debit. The former probably friends of the ruling party on NWLDC and the latter those already punished by the bedroom tax. Didn't the Tories in their council manifesto promise no increase in council tax?

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  15. May be we could form street cooperatives to share the use of green waste bins one bin per ten properties-rducing the cost to £3 each. A real big society move.

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