Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Council Gets Tough On Extra Green Bin Charge Evaders

Above: Green waste wheelie bins are emptied in
West Lindsey, each extra bin costs £27.90 per annum.
Residents throughout West Lindsey who are using more than one green garden waste bin could soon be facing an additional bill.

When the council's popular Triple Bin refuse collection system was introduced almost two years ago everyone in the district became entitled to have one green bin emptied for free. Additional bins could be provided but there would be a charge. But now the Council has been alerted to the fact that some properties are leaving out more than one green bin for collection even though no payment has been made for additional bins.

Waste Services Manager, Mr. Glyn Pilkington, said:
"Letters are going out to residents explaining that additional bins have to be paid for at the current charge of £27.90 a year or the bin will have to be returned to us.

"We appreciate that some householders may have been getting the service unknowingly. For example there may have been two green bins at the property when new occupiers moved in or an extra bin may even have been delivered to the property when we rolled out the Triple Bin collection scheme.

"The reason for the extra bin being there is really not the point. What we are trying to do is make sure that we are fair to everyone who is paying for an extra bin and to do this we are asking for a payment from everyone who has more than one bin or the bin will have to be returned to us."

The letter to residents tells householders that if they want to continue using the extra bin they should ring the Council's Customer Service Team on (01427) 676676 to arrange for a payment to be made.

If the Council does not get any response to its letters it will assume that people want to keep the extra bin and an invoice will be sent out. Mr Pilkington added:
"People who want to return the additional green should also ring the Customer Service Team and we will arrange free collection."

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