Cabinet to meet on January 2, 2019

East Devon District Council’s Cabinet is considering a report on January 2, which recommends that developers should be charged for supplying new build properties with recycling and waste containers.

Currently the council provides all new properties with the containers free of charge but the cost of supplying them to between 750 and 900 new East Devon homes every year is escalating.

The council’s recycling and waste partnership board is recommending that developers are charged £80 for each set of recycling and waste containers which include a grey wheeled bin, a green box, green sack, food caddy and kitchen caddy. Where a development has a communal waste collection service, the developer will be charged £300 for every communal bin supplied.

The Cabinet will also discuss proposals to charge householders for replacement grey wheeled bins which currently is provided free of charge. If residents lose or damage their waste bins it’s recommended that they are charged £30 for a replacement.

They will not be charged if their bin is stolen, or damaged by the council’s contractors. All recycling containers – a green box, green sack, food caddy and kitchen caddy – will continue to be replaced free of charge.

The report recommends the charges come in to force from April 1, 2019 and be reviewed annually.

The move to recover these costs comes as the council continues to take a long term view of its finances and is taking a more commercial approach to its activities, guided by the principles and themes in its Transformation Strategy. Like all other councils up and down the country, the council is feeling the effects of the annual reductions in Government funding. The Transformation Strategy is about doing things differently to help us develop financial resilience so that we can protect frontline services.

A number of other authorities have already introduced similar charging for providing new recycling and waste containers to new properties and replacing bins.

Councillor Tom Wright, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

We spend more than £120,000 per year on containers for recycling and waste, and have been supplying them free of charge to developers of new properties.

As part of our Transformation Strategy to help us set a balanced budget, we need to start making some difficult decisions to reduce costs. Other utilities provided to new properties are charged for, and that is the logic we have applied to this decision.

We want the developer of the new property to be responsible for the cost of supplying recycling and waste containers to new properties. We’ve also agreed to the principle of charging householders for replacement grey wheeled bins and have been careful not to recommend a charge for recycling containers.