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Where will all the extra bins go?
“WHERE will all the bins go?”
That’s the question being asked in Southampton after a THIRD bin was unveiled to add to the two waste bins residents already have.
The new garden waste bin will cost up to £55 – but the price tag is not the only cause of growing complaints.
Residents are also questioning how they will walk down narrow pavements on collection days when the new green bin is added to existing recycling and general waste bins.
Up until now, residents have been able to dispose of their green waste for free by bagging it up and leaving it out on the pavement.
About 30,000 people have used the current service on a regular basis throughout peak summer months, while up to 5,000 people did so during the winter.
But the new scheme, which begins on April 1, will mean those wanting to continue recycling their garden waste will have to pay for a 240-litre or 360-litre bin.
The council estimates between 4,000 and 5,000 people will sign up for the new scheme – and it will save the authority £542,000 per year.
But the amount of green waste collected by the council will drop by about 3,000 tons a year, it is estimated.
For a year’s worth of collections, a 240-litre wheelie bin will cost £30 before March 31 or £35 after, while a 360-litre wheelie bin will cost £50 before March 31 or £55 after.
A subsidised home composter costing £5 will also be offered to the first 450 residents to request one by March 31.
Green collections will remain fortnightly, and will be provided for 48 weeks of the year, excluding the Christmas and new year period.
Resident Anne Edwards, from Cowley Close in Maybush, said: “I was horrified when I saw the collection was going to involve having a third wheelie bin.
“The city is crammed full of bins as it is and this is going to make the problem of where to put them so much worse.”
Robert Smith, of Maybush Road, added: “I’m not very happy about it. I feel that us residents are being used as a cash cow.”
James Phillipson, of Romsey Road, said: “It will become difficult for people to use the pavement when the bins are all out.
Mum-of-three Luisa Castelbranzo, also of Romsey Road, said: “I think it will make it difficult to go up and down the road when all the bins are out.”
“Lots of mums with pushchairs use this road to go to Regents Park School, and it will make it harder for them.”
The council’s Cabinet member for the environment, Asa Thorpe, said: “We want the green collection service to be a quality service. We are talking about 70p a week – that’s what the cost works out at with a proper bin and a discount.
“In the recent budget consultation, residents told us that they care most about libraries and youth services and so while we have sought to ensure that the new budget protects the most vulnerable in the city, we have had to make difficult decisions and cuts elsewhere.”
Responding to the clutter concerns, Cllr Thorpe said: “People can request bags. Where people live in certain types of houses where it might not be feasible for them to have bins, we have given them that choice.”
Jeremy Moulton, the deputy leader of the council’s Conservative opposition, said: “I think it is a disaster all-round. It’s a big cost for residents who are going to have to pay for these on top of all their other costs, and it’s going to clutter up a lot of pavements.”