Council jumps in at the deep end

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COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to charge for delivering replacement wheelie bins and recycling boxes – but levied inflation-busting increases in the cost of leisure activities.

A £15-plus VAT charge had been proposed by Lancaster City Council for delivering replacements bins, with a £4-plus VAT fee suggested for boxes as the authority looks to recoup some of the costs of purchasing them.

In 2009/10 that stood at £154,000 for 6,566 bins, 6,950 boxes and 9,5550 lids and the council fears some householders pretend they have lost their grey bin in order to secure an extra one and avoid recycling.

It recovered 376 unauthorised extra grey bins during the year and estimated that the introduction of charges could save it £63,000.

But the idea was this week rejected by cabinet, with member for the environment, Coun Jon Barry, arguing that the council could afford to shelve the proposal, at least until next year.

See the Lancaster Guardian (18-02-11) for full story.