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Green waste collection to be debated

PUBLISHED: 15:14 04 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 03 July 2010

PLANS to introduce kerbside collections for food and garden waste in the Great Yarmouth borough will be considered by the borough council's scrutiny committee on Wednesday.

PLANS to introduce kerbside collections for food and garden waste in the Great Yarmouth borough will be considered by the borough council's scrutiny committee on Wednesday.

Last week, the council's cabinet referred the proposals to the committee, which will make recommendations on how the administrative and other costs involved with the scheme can be met. A decision on whether to go ahead with the extra collections will then be made by the full council.

A range of options are available for collecting the waste, including the introduction of a third brown wheelie bin or black bin liners.

However, residents will be surveyed to see if they would be willing to participate and the council is looking for 2,000 households to sign up before the extra collection is introduced.

A report by Tim Howard, the council's head of regeneration and environment, stated 2,000 participating homes would be enough to launch a trial scheme for one year and could generate £82,000 in revenue if charges were levied for the scheme.

His report suggests possible subscription charges for the service, which could be between £35 and £45 per annum.

The council has been awarded £160,000 of government money in recognition of its recycling achievements, which can be used to pay for the new kerbside collection.

We would like to apologise for the error in last week's story in which we said the report had been prepared by Peter Hardy. Mr Hardy is executive director of the borough council.

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