Outrage as council reveals true cost of brown bin changes
A PROTESTER against the city council's proposed £40 brown bin charge has discovered the authority is currently paying only £22.50 per household for the service.
Catherine Wykes made the discovery through figures provided to her by the council showing that the authority pays £1.8 million a year for having brown bins collected from 80,000 homes – £22.50 each.
The council is planning to charge each household £40 per bin per year from 2014.
Mrs Wykes, of Chellaston, said making her subsidise the council in this way was "outrageous".
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She said she believed those paying the new brown bin fee would "effectively be subsidising rubbish going to landfill".
Paul Robinson, strategic director of neighbourhoods, said: "We are recouping costs from a discretionary service which people can choose whether to use or not.
"The amount charged is benchmarked against the amount charged by other authorities – of which about one third already charge for brown bin collections."
The council estimates that people not prepared to pay the fee would put 7,160 tonnes of garden waste into black bins each year. This would cost the council £716,000 in landfill tax.
But it aims to save £500,000 by collecting all recyclable waste in one single blue bin.
The council believes these changes to household recycling would lead to a final saving of £1.7 million.