Bro­ken your wheelie bin? That could cost you

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LOST, stolen or dam­aged rub­bish and re­cy­cling bins could soon be paid for by South Bucks res­i­dents un­der new coun­cil plans to save money.

Cur­rently, South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil (SBDC) foots the bill for new bins or­dered by res­i­dents, cost­ing up to £96.50 per home.

Now the au­thor­ity wants to bring the ser­vice in line with what’s of­fered in the Wy­combe and Chiltern districts, where res­i­dents are re­quired to pay for any ad­di­tional waste con­tain­ers.

Res­i­dents who move into a prop­erty where there are no rub­bish or re­cy­cling bins will also have to pay for new ones, if SBDC’s plans are given the goa­head.

A re­port pre­sented to a SBDC pol­icy ad­vi­sory group last week stated: “The in­tro­duc­tion of charg­ing is not only rec­om­mended to re­duce the pres­sure on bud­getary ex­pen­di­ture, but also to en­cour­age res­i­dents to take greater re­spon­si­bil­ity for their con­tain­ers, and to en­cour­age res­i­dents to prop­erly look for their ‘miss­ing’ con­tain­ers be­fore seek­ing a re­place­ment.

“In­creas­ingly, more lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are al­ter­ing their charg­ing cri­te­ria for waste and re­cy­cling con­tain­ers and are only pro­vid­ing them free when they are dam­aged by the col­lec­tion crews or fall into the back of the col­lec­tion ve­hi­cle.

“Adopt­ing such an ap­proach pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to mit­i­gate the ever-in­creas­ing fi­nan­cial cost of re­plac­ing con­tain­ers.”

SBDC ad­mit­ted the charges “will not make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence” to its bud­get but added it would de­ter “time-wast­ing” re­quests for bins that do not ac­tu­ally need to be re­placed.

If the cabi­net ap­proves the plans, the charges will be in­tro­duced in April.

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