14:29 Sunday 20 October 2013

Residents could have to pay for bin removal

Written byROB SMYTH

NORTH West Leicestershire District Council looks set to introduce household charges for garden waste brown bin collections.

The plan was passed by the cabinet at a recent meeting as part of the general fund revenue budget but still has to be approved by the full council.

If the plans go ahead, residents will be charged £30 a year for their brown bins to be emptied or £25 if paid by direct debit.

The charges would come into force from 2015 with collections being carried out from March to October.

Currently, three out of seven districts in Leicestershire charge for garden waste collections - Charnwood Borough Council, Blaby District Council and Melton Borough Council.

Councillor Alison Smith, deputy leader of the council, said: “This will bring us in line with other councils.

“The garden waste bins cost us a bit more to get rid of and not everyone has one so a lot of people who live in smaller houses are subsidising them.”

The council is estimating that it will save around £150,000 but this is only if 35 per cent of residents take up the scheme. It is also projecting an impact on the rate of recycling with an approximate decrease of 10 per cent if 35 per cent of people pay for the collection.

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