Charges for new bins is a ‘bonkers policy’

Andrew Gardiner has just moved into Arnside Crescent in Morecambe and is furious at having to pay �50 for council rubbish bins.
Andrew Gardiner has just moved into Arnside Crescent in Morecambe and is furious at having to pay �50 for council rubbish bins.
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A newcomer to Morecambe is furious at the city council’s new policy on replacement bins.

Andrew Gardiner had to fork out £50 for a new set of bins and recycling boxes at his new house on Arnside Crescent because they weren’t there when he moved in.

Mr Gardiner fell foul of Lancaster City Council’s recent introduction of a delivery charge of £50.40 for people who need an entirely new set of wheelie bins and recycling boxes when they move into a new home.

“It’s a bonkers policy,” he said.

“Why am I being penalised when I’ve just moved to the area and the house has been empty for many months with no bins?

“I could have called the council up, told them the bins have been taken while I was here, and they would have sent out replacements for nothing. I’m being penalised for being honest.”

Mark Davies, Chief Officer (Environment) for the city council, said: “We have reached the point where replacing bins and boxes is costing us more than £150,000 a year and we need to reduce these costs or it will start to have an impact on other council services.

“We’ve decided not to bring in a general charge for all households for replacement bins or boxes, but there is a real issue with people taking them when they move home. Bins and boxes should stay with the property.

“This can be easily avoided if the previous occupant leaves the bins and boxes behind when they move.”

Mr Gardiner, a councillor for Grange North on South Lakeland District Council, said he is so angry with the decision he is considering getting involved in local politics.