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Views sought on waste and recycling changes

Residents across the Derbyshire Dales are being asked if they support the idea of being charged for replacement waste and recycling bins.

Replacing damaged or lost bins currently costs Council Tax payers around £28,000 a year.

Now the District Council has launched a survey that also asks for the views of local people on ending the annual free supply of black sacks and biodegradable garden waste sacks for households that can't accommodate bins. Providing free sacks currently costs Council Tax payers more than £30,000 a year.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"It is well documented that we are currently reviewing everything we do to make savings following successive cuts in grants from central government. We have to save an additional £700,000 over the next four years and this survey is simply asking local people if we can afford any longer to provide these particular services for free.

"If it can be proved that the damage to a bin has been caused by our collection contractor, then that is of course our responsibility, but where a bin has been damaged, lost or stolen through no fault of the council, replacement is an expensive business. A 140L grey household bin costs between £35 and £40 to replace, while the larger blue-lid recycling and green-lid garden waste bins cost between £45-£50.

"Our survey asks residents for their views on what a reasonable replacement charge would be - ranging from £25 to £50.

"Likewise, supplying a free roll of black sacks to households across the Derbyshire Dales that can't accommodate a general waste bin costs the District Council £9,774 a year, including delivery costs, and supplying biodegradable garden waste sacks for homes that can't accommodate a garden waste bin costs £20,681 a year, including delivery.

"Naturally, we would not want the withdrawal of the free sacks service to impact on the amount of garden waste that local people recycle, as we are proud that the Derbyshire Dales tops the recycling and composting league table across the county. But residents' views are most welcome and we will listen carefully to what they are saying."

The survey is available until 30 September.

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