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Suffolk households face £50 bill for recycling waste

11:49 07 July 2015

Some Ipswich brown bins will be collected on Saturday.

Some Ipswich brown bins will be collected on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of Suffolk households could have to pay £50 a year if they want to continue to recycle their garden waste through the brown bin scheme.

The county council is considering reducing the amount it pays in waste credits to district and borough councils for the “compostable” waste they produce, encouraging them to charge households for their brown bins.

However the move has prompted anger in Ipswich – the borough has pledged to maintain free brown bin collections and said the county was trying to force the hand of other authorities.

The county’s cabinet is discussing cutting the costs of its waste disposal and at next week’s cabinet meeting it is to consider cutting the credits offered to the authorities that collect the waste.

Mid Suffolk and Babergh councils already charge £50 a year for brown bin collections but the other five districts and boroughs in Suffolk have always offered the service for free.

The county has discussed the issue with other members of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, which handles the collection and disposal across the county.

A statement from the county said: “Suffolk Waste Partnership members have collectively discussed potential options for the future of this service and accept that this proposal offers a potential solution with a view to reducing overall costs of waste collection and treatment in Suffolk.”

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere did not agree with the proposal to charge, and said: “We will not be charging for brown bins.

“So far as the county statement is concerned, it is right that we have discussed options. It is right this was mentioned as a potential solution. But we made it quite clear we would not support it or implement charging in Ipswich.”

He said Ipswich stood to lose about £124,000 from reduced county council credits – equivalent to about 1% on council tax bills.

“If we have to charge £50 per brown bin, that equates to a 4% charge,” he added.

The other four councils in the county which currently have free brown bin services – Suffolk Coastal, St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath and Waveney – are considering their position.

The county says that introducing a charge would encourage home composting.

Cabinet member for waste Matthew Hicks said: “All Suffolk Waste Partnership members agree that we need to look at ways of reducing the volume of waste generated in Suffolk and the associated costs that are a heavy burden on the public purse.

“I think it is very positive that so many households already choose to actively compost their garden waste and use their nearest household waste recycling centre in their locality.

“Should Cabinet support this proposal, further work is required within the Partnership to consider how we can incentivise home composting further. This may include offering composting bins at a reduced cost.”

The move also comes as the county is looking at ways of re-financing its contract at the Great Blakenham incinerator – or energy from waste plant – in an attempt to cut about £1m a year from its cost for that.

34 comments

  • Oh well, more bonfires, slip what used to go into the brown bins into the other bins - messing up recycling. They have millions of pounds to set up their new HQ in Melton, exorbitant salaries paid to senior employees - no signs of possibly looking at themselves to save money. On no, clobber the people we are supposed to help, as usual. Nothing ever changes.

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    Seahawk

    Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • South Norfolk £40 a year for brown bin

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    mossey

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Good Post Grey Fox.....The Country is a disgrace , compare street cleaning grass cutting etc around the council estates and you will see they are the councils priority !

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

  • Mark Ling, a very good point. It will take a lot to change things though.

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    rustic

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • There are NO free services. This is typical of the high charges and poor services we get in this country. Our Council Tax charges are some of the highest in Europe and they are still looking at ways of charging extra for car park permits for on street parking and proposed bin scams such as this. Sadly our local waste and recycling site which was very well run and managed was closed by SCC and the nearest equivalent site entails a 20 mile journey. Big increase in fly tipping locally and throughout the county. Good question raised earlier - What exactly does our Council Tax payments cover and get used for ? We used to have street cleaners, local amenity areas, public toilets, open spaces and roadside verges etc used to be properly maintained - not any more.

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    Grey Fox

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Babergh brown bin users have always paid to have them, so I'd be interested to see figures for fly tipping etc. in the various council districts for comparison. Will it really make that much of a difference?

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    t nunn

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • I already compost everything I can at home. The only contents of my brown bin is a small amount of food waste (wrapped in newspaper), and believe me we don't waste much and certain perennial weeds that home composting just does not get hot enough to break down, but larger council heaps will. So what will I do. Not pay £50 that's for sure. The food waste will go into my grey bin and end up in landfill. The weeds will either be burnt or also end up in the grey bin. And, into the bargain - one less bin on my drive!!

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    DebenBlue

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • We live in Kesgrave.. as the gardens are quite small I would happily do home composting however the stench for the neighbours and this compounded by their home compost heap, plus the inevitable increase in rodents.. Well it won't be nice... Lets go different.. pay by weight and I want to Thatchers choice of poll tax.. Much fairer system and more difficult for councils too keep trying backdoor scams

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Sounds to me that the council has made a complete hash out of its finances as Bury St Edmunds garden waste is included in overall council taxes so no one pays extra. Makes sense as costs are spread. We take garden waste to our local recycling centre which encourages congestion and is never open after 5 o clock when most working people need it. There is no real planning or foresight in councils. PS how about sharing a bin and costs.

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    sue douglas

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Just do what the travelers do (That you can't comment on) leave your rubbish on someone elses land, jobs a good un.

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    Molly

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • No brown bin, no problem. It'll just end up in the blue or black one. I've no room for composting anyway.

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    Captain Snuggles

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  • Looking at all the comments I see there are none in favour of this. This is because we can all see through this. Just another ill costed exercise by those that have step by step got themselves more and more into a tangled mess. Anyhow nice Mr Osbourne will be having a budget tomorrow to make things so much better for the low paid so they can afford this supplement to the council tax...ah...what's that?...he's going to cut back on benefits and tax credits. Don't you love this country of ours...what a mess has been made of it.

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    Scuzzer

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • "The county says that introducing a charge would encourage home composting" really, in what world are they living?? In the real world I'm fairly sure that introducing the charge will simply mean more garden waste is dumped into the regular black bin waste or tipped over hedges!

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    MZH

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • You're fortunate to have bins, in Tendring we have no bins at all and we want our brown bin waste collected, we also pay an annual fee PLUS the cost of a bin.

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    malcwiththetalc

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Ad this people, is how fly tipping happens. It's not like grass cuttings and weeds can be traced back to an address....

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Luckily B&M were selling family sized jars of vaseline so after coating the bin liberally I am just looking for a willing recipient to take delivery of it at Grafton House

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    dale craven

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Looking at it from another point of view, I sent my brown bin back when it arrived because all my green waste goes into my compost bins. So really, I ought to be getting a discount because I'm saving the council money.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • I will not be paying this brown bin surcharge. They can take the bin back. I already compost what I can. But I still need the brown bin at times. I will go back to bonfires or put it in the black bin. Why don't they call it what it is? A council tax rise. This is just a way to get around the cap and making it out to be our fault. If they don't have enough money they should put up council tax and defy the government.

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    Working Girl

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • How about cutting real waste viz-a-viz 1 county + 7 districts + 1 borough, and go to 1 council for Greater Ipswich + 1 council for rural Suffolk council. Now that really would save money, get rid of layer upon layer of councillors, managers and admin, plus people might have a clue who is accountable for their services !

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    Mark Ling

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Thats a £50 council tax increase & more fly tipping and garden fires

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    zaax

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Why are they messing about talking about this. If they want to they can put up the council tax as usual. Why wont they do that? Oh yes the tories said they cant otherwise the government will surcharge them. Pathetic way to run a country. How many expensive bank loans (as shown on Channel 4 last night) do SCC have? Has the Star asked about this and other ways they waste our money?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • I meant I have always paid for my brown bin but my black bin is half the size of my single neighbour , it seems you inherit the bin with the house sale and you are lucky if it happens to be a bigger one

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    Jo Green

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • I already pay for my brown bin , yet my friends down the road never have . Also I have a small bin and often need to pay for an orange bag if I have extra and yet my neighbour , a lady living alone has a large one! I have bin envy haha!

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    Jo Green

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • If this goes through I will be interested to know what will happen to those of us who already pay £40.00 per year for a second brown bin? I expect we'll be charged £50.00 + £40.00 for the privilege!

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    David White

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Also its not a free service, we pay for it out of council tax

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • SO when my bin is not collected, can I charge the council.... No. I will carry on hiding my wrong bin contents in the wrong bins. Always get collected.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Don't the councils sell the compost anyway?? The clowns who dream this up might like to look for a new job cos in 4 years time ( or whatever!) we will remember this!

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    blowesyboy

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • I haven't seen any facts but I doubt they make a profit. The cost of collecting and handling the brown bin material is more than the market price for dirt I expect.

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    ShimmyMcGee

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • This is short sighted at best. It will just result in more waste in the regular bins which will cost everyone money.

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    Tamara Knight

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • More legalised thieving from a bunch of overpaid, unrepresentative idiots.

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    T Doff

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • HOLD ON!!! don't they make a profit out of it by reselling after processing as compost ? Think we should have an independant non-profit making company run our brown bin collection.

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    Ipswich Company Director

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Remind me exactly what we're already paying our rates for.

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    blue&white

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • FOR SALE One brown bin, signs of regular use but no longer required.

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    Mike Hunt

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • Another scam to get more money out of the residents shame on you.

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    peter lee

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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