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Wanted: home for bins

Wear Valley District Council in Durham is paying more than £1,000 per month to store unused wheelie bins in a farmers field because local councillors cannot agree on how to use them.

A total of 15,000 new bins are without a home because of a change in council policy over how often household waste should be taken away.

According to reports in the Daily Express, the problem arose because the then Labour-controlled council agreed a £560,000 deal last year for 30,000 wheelie bins and claimed support from opposition parties supported the switch from weekly to alternate weekly collections (AWCs). When elections left a hung council last year, the scheme was put on hold and the first batch of 15,000 bins already delivered had to be stored on the farm in Wear Valley.

The Liberal Democrats are now in control of the local authority and want to stick to weekly collections.

When MRW contacted the council it denied the Express reports and issued the following statement: The council agreed through its 2006/07 budget plans to spend £0.28 million to implement AWCs for recyclable and non-recyclable waste in order to improve recycling rates towards Government targets.

The council took delivery of 15,000 bins in March 2008 and has been storing them at a cost of £1,250 per month. Any decision regarding their use will be taken by the councils elected representatives in due course.

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