New Exeter City Council charge for bins
A £6 delivery charge is likely to be levied on black rubbish bins by the city council.
And those moving into newly built homes will be expected to not only pay for delivery but for the bin itself.
A 240 litre wheelie bin is to cost £45.
Until now new and replacements bins have been provided free by the city council.
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But faced with a cost of about £120,000 annually to cover this, the city’s community scrutiny committee voted to introduce the charges.
Their recommendation will now go to the city’s executive for approval.
If given the final go-ahead the charges would be £25 for a 140-litre bin, £35 for 180-litre, and £45 for 240-litre.
Green recycling bins will remain free and there will be no delivery charge.
At a meeting on Tuesday evening, Robert Norley, the city’s assistant director for environment, said: “If there is some value attached to the bin then hopefully this will encourage people to take care of their bin and if they do this it will last longer.
“We don’t want to start bin wars among neighbours by putting too high a charge on bins, and this has happened in other cities.
“However other authorities which have introduced delivery charges, such as Mansfield and Caerphilly, have seen a 50 per cent reduction in bin requests.”