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New Green Charge To Recycle In Cambridge
From today - it'll cost some residents much more to recycle their household waste
Cambridge City Council say they'll now charge for emptying households’ additional green bins.
The council needs to make savings of more than £6m over the next four years and has been looking at a range of options to reduce expenditure and increase income in order to meet this figure.
The council will continue to offer a garden and food waste service to all residents but will be charging £30 per year to empty each additional green bin. Approximately 95% of city residents won't be affected by this charge.
Cllr Peter Roberts, Executive Councillor for Environment, Waste and Public Health, said:
"The vast majority of residents have one green bin and should continue to use this for their garden and food waste. A small number of residents have an additional green bin, which they will need to pay for should they wish to continue using it. We need to maintain a good service for all our residents, in an expanding Cambridge, with fewer resources.
Green bin collections are not a statutory service, but they are highly valued, so it's important that we keep this service, but those that have something additional should pay extra."
Don't want the extra green bin?
Go to www.cambridge.gov.uk/greenbin to have it arrangd to be moved - or pay for the priviledge of having the second green bin.
Letters are being delivered over the coming weeks to all residents affected with further details of this charge.
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