Despite the popularity of the compost bin subsidy scheme run by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) it has not been immune from Government budget cuts (December 11 2007 mrw.co.uk). In a letter to local authorities, WRAP said that budget reductions had led to a reduced central subsidy for the Home Composting Programme. It said: This means that prices we charge your residents for bins and accessories will have to increase. For price increases see table below.
While WRAP said that its prices still offer good value, it also added that it would continue to look for cost savings as it renegotiated with suppliers.
Some commentators have suggested that price increases could bring about the end of the scheme, especially if bins can be obtained from other suppliers at a cheaper rate than WRAP.
However, Milton Keynes waste reduction and communications officer Paul Mocroft and scheme advocate said: I dont foresee the end of the scheme. The prices are likely to go up after March but I would be surprised if the councils could source the bins as cheaply from manufacturers as WRAP does. WRAP sources the bins on mass so of course it gets them significantly cheaper. Also, its not just the cost of the bins, its the support for the campaign that WRAP provides. The trickle effect of information for residents is very valuable. Its a shame that the price is going up but that is not WRAPs fault and we would remain part of the scheme as it is good value for us and our residents.
Proposed Increase in Compost Bin Prices
|WRAP current sale price||WRAP April 2008 - March 2009 sale price||Non-WRAP suggested |
current normal prices from manufacturers
|220L compost bin||£8||£17||£40|
|330L compost bin||£10||£20||£50|
|Komp 250L compost bin||£20||£40||£60|