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Plans to charge Exeter households for new bin

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Until now new and replacements bins have been provided for free by Exeter city council

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EXETER households could find themselves having to pay as much as £45 for a rubbish bin.

Until now new and replacements bins have been provided for free by the city council.

But faced with a cost of about £120,000 annually to cover this, there are plans to introduce charges.

The charges would be £25 for a 140-litre bin, £35 for 180-litre, and £45 for 240-litre.

The life of a rubbish bin is about eight years.

Green bins will continue to be provided and replaced free of charge, but developers would have to pay for rubbish bins for new homes.

Robert Norley, the city's assistant director for environment, said: "We realise that this will come as a bit of a shock.

"Local authorities have been able to charge since the 1990s and about half have chosen to do so – until now we have chosen not to.

"Some households can't be bothered to bring their bin in after collection and it ends up being carried away.

"People don't like to see bins on the street and 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 hear from people who want to change from a larger bin to a smaller one then later they want to change it back again, but this has been just because they want a clean bin and can't be bothered to clean it."

The city council is also hoping the charges will encourage people to use a smaller bin, thus throwing out less rubbish for landfill and recycling more.

Mr Norley said: "We could all use smaller bins.

"A waste audit carried out by the city council and Devon County Council found that bins were only between 50 and 70 per cent full.

"There is a cost to waste but with some members of the general public this doesn't register – there is financial cost as well as cost in terms of the environment. Sending rubbish to landfill is not good for the environment."

Cllr Yolonda Henson, leader of the city's Conservatives, has said that she fears residents will be shocked at being asked to pay for rubbish bins.

She said: "As a group the Conservatives are against this as we see the bins as being part and parcel of the service which the city council provides."

The city council has yet to discuss what exemptions there would be to the charges.

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  • doodaa99  |  January 24 2013, 4:28PM

    Ok...so I'm thinking.... No-one will buy new bins, more bins WILL go missing because people will be pinching somebody else's because they won't buy them. The result shed loads of rubbish littering the streets... Good move Council... Not!!!!!!!

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  • Jungle_Jim  |  January 24 2013, 3:40PM

    Please ignore the first part of my last comment - it looks like someone decided the comments I referred to were inapropriate.

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  • Shaynerer  |  January 24 2013, 3:03PM


  • Jungle_Jim  |  January 24 2013, 2:08PM

    Ignoring the puerile preceeding comments, I think the logic is that, when you have to have your bin replaced, there is a saving if you have a smaller one. The theory then is that, with a smaller bin, you are more likely to recycle rather than throw in the bin. There's probably a little side order of, 'we won't collect bin bags' implicit in this.

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  • lycralady  |  January 24 2013, 1:46PM

    I thought I was already paying for an inadequate refuse collection service through my hefty council tax bills. If each bin lasts 8 years, that's the same as a 5 pound rise in council tax each year. And Mr Norely's statement doesn't make much sense - it's not going to encourage people to move to smaller bins if they have to pay for them is it?

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  • LTaylor12  |  January 24 2013, 9:32AM

    What a brilliant idea!!! All that will happen is people will refuse to buy a new bin and revert back to putting out their bin bags on the streets, sometimes days too early thus encouraging seagulls,mice & rats to nibble away. Great!!!

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