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Brown wheelie bins to be piloted

PUBLISHED: 18:39 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 03 July 2010

A PILOT scheme providing a third wheelie bin to collect compostable food and garden waste will begin in part of the borough next year.

Borough council Cabinet members agreed on Wednesday that the brown bins will be wheeled out in the northern and southern villages for a three-year trial period.

A PILOT scheme providing a third wheelie bin to collect compostable food and garden waste will begin in part of the borough next year.

Borough council Cabinet members agreed on Wednesday that the brown bins will be wheeled out in the northern and southern villages for a three-year trial period.

The collection will cover 2,000 householders who will have to pay an annual charge of £35 for the waste to be recycled.

The £300,000 operating cost over the first three years will be met by refuse collection providers GYBS before being passed to the borough council.

The decision was welcomed by chairman of Scrutiny, Labour councillor Bernard Williamson with some reservations.

He said: “This is a good move if only for a limited number of people. It should have happened several years ago.

“The service will need to be widened in the longer term and I would like to see a more robust financial model to cost it. The council has to re-cycle green waste unless we want to avoid financial penalties and will pay more for the waste to go to landfill.

A report by the council's head of regeneration and environment Tim Howard, suggests that the scheme could generate £82,000 if 2,000 homes were taking part.

Mr Howard's report said the council received at least 30 calls a week from residents wanting a compostable collection scheme and it is hoped the brown bins will help increase the council's recycling rate of 28pc.

Any further rise in the recycling rate generated by the brown bins will lead to more income in the form of recycling credits from the Government.

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