St Edmundsbury’s brown bin users will have to pay annual fee
An annual charge is to be implemented for brown bin users in the borough after councillors voted to introduced the fee.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council voted in favour of the proposed fee, expected to be between £35 and £50, for residents who wish to keep their brown bins.
The charge, proposed instead of a council tax rise, will help cover a £500,000 shortfall which will be left after central government funding and a subsidy for composting organic waste are reduced.
Cllr Peter Stephens, cabinet member for operations, said the charge was “a product of our own over-success”.
“The calculations are for a fall off in households who use the service of about 10 to 20 per cent at its worst,” he said.
A possible increase in fly-tipping, more compostable waste being put in black bins and people using others’ brown bins were all cited as concerns.
Cllr Julia Wakelam, deputy mayor, said: “I think it is really disappointing that our commitment to recycling depends on how much money we get for it. We need to be thinking long-term.”
In total 37 councillors voted for the proposals with five against.