Green waste bins will not cost £50, promises council leader

PUBLISHED: 15:52 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:52 28 October 2015

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said the authority had listened to people's views.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said the authority had listened to people's views.

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Bins to collect grass cuttings and green waste will not cost £50, North Somerset Council’s leader has confirmed.

The authority is planning to introduce green bins as part of its recycling programme at the expense of bags, as reported by the Times last week.

However, other media outlets reported taxpayers would be charged about £50 to get one of the bins – a claim rubbished by Cllr Nigel Ashton.

He told the Times: “The figure I’ve seen quoted in some papers of a £50 charge is completely wrong.

“I expect the cost for a green bin, delivered, will be £20 and I want to reassure residents after this misreporting because I know it led to some criticism.

“We would not seek to make a surplus from our own residents on the cost of a bin.

“The new recycling and waste contract will give our residents the opportunity to recycle even more of their household waste but we are still negotiating details and terms, looking at all options and new methods to get the best service for the best value.”

The council’s waste and recycling contract is up for renew and it is inviting bidders to come forward to take on the deal from March 1, 2017.

The planned switch-over from green bags to bins will take place at that time, although the bins could be introduced at some point in 2016 to ensure a smooth transition.

The council says it plans to make the change following a number of complaints about the green bags from homeowners.

However, several Times readers have already expressed unhappiness at the idea, which will see the £2.50 bags become redundant in 18 months’ time.


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