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Anger after council charges up to £100 for new wheelie bins

Anger after council charges up to £100 for new wheelie bins

by Henry James (August 2021)

RESIDENTS in West Lancashire who have moved into newly built homes have been left angered after being told if they want all four wheelie bins it will cost £100!

West Lancashire Borough Council charges £25 for each of the four bins available, which they say covers the cost of the bin and delivery. They added that this isn’t a new measure and has been in force since 2014.

However, residents have contacted MP Rosie Cooper in recent weeks over the costs.

She said she is “astonished” by West Lancashire Borough Council’s refusal to supply newly-built homes with wheelie bins free of charge.

Having been contacted by a number of residents from new estates in West Lancashire including Ashurst, the MP has written to WLBC asking what their policy is on the provision of bins.

MP Cooper said: “I am flabbergasted that residents are approaching me to complain about the council charging nearly £100 just to get refuse bins for their property.

“With ever increasing council tax bills, the least that a resident moving into a new build should expect is the provision of their wheelie bins.

“I called the office of the Corporate Director of Place and Community at the Council to clarify whether new build homes do receive free bins or not. Astoundingly, no one knew the answer!

“The green waste charge remains a major bone of contention for many of my constituents, but to not even be providing the standard grey bin or the blue and green recycling bins is crazy – what incentive is this for the council’s recycling targets?”

A spokesperson for West Lancashire Borough Council commented: “The £25 charge for a new bin covers the cost of the bin, the cost of delivery and associated administrative charges and has applied since 2014. While it may be desirable for developers to fund new bins, this is a rarity and developers typically leave it to residents to resolve once they've moved in.

“Despite significant cuts to our budget by central government, we have kept the price of purchasing a new bin as low as we possibly can while minimising the cost passed onto council tax payers.

“We would also appeal to our MP for West Lancashire to continue to fight for more funding from central government in light of these cuts to alleviate the pressure on local authority budgets.”

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