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Lost bins cost council £25,000 a year

PUBLISHED: 11:40 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:22 03 July 2010

HOUSEHOLDERS in Great Yarmouth could face a £30 fee to replace lost or stolen wheelie bins, if councillors approve the cost-cutting move tonight.

Yarmouth Borough Council says the new charge would encourage people to keep a closer eye on their present bins and save the council £25,000 a year.

HOUSEHOLDERS in Great Yarmouth could face a £30 fee to replace lost or stolen wheelie bins, if councillors approve the cost-cutting move tonight.

Yarmouth Borough Council says the new charge would encourage people to keep a closer eye on their present bins and save the council £25,000 a year.

About 40 requests a month are made to the council asking for a new or replacement bin.

It costs the council about £30,000 a year on bins and it is estimated that the charge would lead to the new bin expenditure falling to £5,000 per annum.

The council's cabinet will discuss the charges tonight and, if approved, people on benefits will only have to pay 50pc of the £30 fee and people asking for smaller replacement bins will not be charged.

Councillors will also look at setting up a stock of second-hand bins to be provided free of charge and encouraging landlords to bring in wheelie bins at empty properties.

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