Walsall residents forced to fork out £30k on replacement bins

Families in Walsall have been forced to fork out more than £30,000 on replacement bins, despite hundreds being given to some residents for free, it has emerged.

Householders in the borough have bought 1,805 bins, which cost £18.50 each from Walsall Council, in the last financial year.

However, 843 were exchanged or provided free of charge during the same period of April 2013 and March 2014.The council says they are provided on occasions such as when larger bins are needed due to the size of the household or if containers are deemed too old.

The amount spent by residents on bins was £33,392, they have been asked to pay for replacements for ones which have been stolen or vandalised.

The policy was introduced by the council in 2001 and initially cost £16.50, but increased in 2008 as part of the budget process.

See also: Paycut for Walsall councillors.

Blakenall councillor Pete Smith has condemned the policy of charging for replacement bins. He said: "These charges are totally unfair. For years I have been complaining about this policy.

"If someone has been negligent it is their fault but if they have had their bin stolen or set on fire and got a crime reference number I don't think it is fair."

Environment chief councillor Lee Jeavons said: "The majority of bins are replaced for a relatively small fee but during last year a number were replaced without charge.

"We exchange smaller bins for larger ones when there are six or more people in a property, or there is someone with special medical needs in the household.

"We also replace bins that are more than 15 years old and are past their useful life. And others are replaced if they have been damaged during collection."

It comes after it recently emerged that the number of 'contaminated' bins across the borough has almost halved in 12 months, following a controversial recycling crackdown.

Bin men were ordered not to collect rubbish which contained the wrong kind of items such as food, nappies and household waste for recycling as part of a zero-tolerance approach.

It was launched in November 2012 and led to thousands of bins not being collected across the borough.

Latest figures revealed from July 2013 to June 2014 there were 41,151 reports of contaminated bins. This compared to of 78,589 during the same period for the previous year.

Council chiefs say the number of bins found with the wrong kind of waste is now less than one per cent.

See also: Too shiny - festive wrapping paper banned from recycling in Wolverhampton.

Comments for: "Walsall residents forced to fork out £30k on replacement bins"

markie

I wouldn't buy one. I would put my refuse in the recycling or in litter bins.

markie

Who owns the bins?

If it is the Council, then take someone elses bin. It would still belong to the Council so no theft would have taken place.

rmpiedra

So basically, if your bin is too small, too old or damaged during refuse collection then the council will swap it. Why is this an issue?!

And if your bin is stolen then, I don't understand who else should pay for it? If

we expect the council to pay out then surely this will get lumped into everyone else's Council Tax?

Trev_EFC1878

Walsall council are a disgrace when it comes to refuse collection. I have had to share all bins (Grey/Green and Brown) for over 12 years despite too many conversations to remember. They expect an registered disabled person to pay for 3 replacements. There office staff are a disgrace too, most of which couldn't spell good manners let alone how to use them. Like Markie says, i'll take someone else's, screw the thieving lying refuse dept of the council, they're the real thieves

middley

Sorry Blue Trev, they probably couldn't spell good manners, but "There office staff" should be "Their office staff". I do however agree people who pay taxes, should not have to pay for bins, in point of fact the public own them bins, they are paid for with OUR money !

Margaret Hamilton

Two of my three are broken now, they break them on the lorry when they are emptying them.

W C Boggs

When the council issued the brown bins years ago, there must have been an inherent fault in them because every one in our street that I can see has a crack down the side, sometimes two.