Should you have to pay for wheelie bins?

CHARGES are coming into effect for the replacement of wheelie bins in Rotherham to save the borough council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

In 2009, the authority had to replace 25,000 bins at a cost of 200,000 - which ruling Labour councillors say is too much.

From Monday January 17, developers and management companies of newly-built properties and developments within the Rotherham borough will be charged for the first set of waste containers that are supplied.

For an overall fee of 57 including delivery, new properties will each receive a 240 litre black bin, a 240 litre green bin, a blue box and a blue bag.

Existing households will not have to pay for replacement recycling bins, but replacement black bins will cost 22. A charge of 8 will be made for delivery, although bins ca n be collected free from Hellaby depot, by arrangement, between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday.

All Rothercard holders will get a 50 per cent discount and there will also be exemptions on some replacement black bins.

There will be no charge for replacement bins that have been set alight, stolen bins if a police incident number is provided, the larger wheeled bins for families of five or more, or black and green bins damaged by refuse crews during collection.

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