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Birmingham unveils bargain basement bin collection offer

Birmingham unveils bargain basement bin collection offer

🕔14.Jul 2014

Birmingham city council has launched its latest attempt to persuade reluctant householders to pay to have their garden waste collected and removed.

In a ‘half price’ offer, residents have been told they can buy up to 10 fortnightly collections of green waste wheelie bins for the rest of the growing season for just £17.50. That works out to half the £35 annual fee for the service.

But for those booking online, there’s an extra £2 discount. They will pay just £15.50, or as little as £1.55 per collection, a council spokeswoman pointed out.

The council’s Labour leadership has been desperate to overcome customer resistance to the green waste charge, which was imposed in February this year. Council leaders said they were forced by Government spending cuts to start charging for a service that in the past had been free.

It’s estimated that fewer than 15 per cent of Birmingham’s 400,000 households have signed up to the scheme, with many deciding to dump their rubbish on nearby streets rather than take it to municipal tips.

The council decided to conduct an emergency clean-up of the streets during the local election campaign in May and Labour’s poor performance at the polls was blamed by some on the green waste debacle, with the charge dubbed a ‘garden tax’ by Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors.

The cut-price offer is only available until the end of November. Anyone wishing to have their waste collected next year must pay the full £35.

Cllr Lisa Trickett, cabinet member for green, smart and sustainable city, said: “This offer gives people, who have yet to subscribe to our Green Recycling Service, the opportunity to benefit from clean and convenient doorstep collections as they maintain their gardens over the next few months.

“If residents do not wish to sign up to this service, they can compost their cuttings at home, enabling them to nourish their garden plants and recycle their waste.”

 

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