No charges for replacement bins

POLITICIANS have rubbished plans to charge for replacement household wheelie bins and recycling boxes.

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of Lancaster City Council cabinet voted against an idea to force residents to pay for a new bin whenever they lose the original.

Since the council introduced the new household recycling scheme, residents have to leave their special wheelie bins and plastic lidded boxes outside their homes weekly for collection.

Many householders have had to ask for replacements because their containers have either been taken or blown away during high winds.

A council report suggested that they should now be charged for a new bin or box.

The report said that they delivered 6,500 replacement bins, 6,900 boxes and £9,500 lids to householders in 2009/10, at a cost of over £150,000.

“It is not always possible to check if a request for a replacement bin is genuine and it appears that some householders falsely claim they have lost their grey bin in order to receive an extra one,” it said.

“Furthermore, it appears some people use recycling boxes and lids for purposes other than recycling.”

But replacement bins and boxes will still be free in 2011/12.