Proposed rise in bulky waste collection fees is deferred

A dumped fridge Picture: Ian Burt

A dumped fridge Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A bid to increase collection fees for bulky waste items for Great Yarmouth households has been deferred.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s environment committee had looked at approving a new payment structure for the service, which would see a collection of one to three items costing £22, and four to six items priced at £38.

The current price scheme is £13 for one item, £18.50 for two to three items, £31.5 for four items and £37 for five or six items.

A report stated there is a risk the increase could lead to additional fly-tipping throughout the borough, although noted that when charges were first introduced in 2000, this was not the result.

However the decision was deferred by the committee on Wednesday pending clarification around any income generated from recycling bulky waste.

Labour members on the committee expressed their concerns over any rise in costs, with Trevor Wainwright saying it was a short sighted decision as it could increase fly-tipping.