And black wheelie bin could be collected every three weeks instead of two

North Devon Council is to consider charging residents for a green waste collection service.

Black wheelie bin collections could also change from fortnightly to every three weeks under proposals identified as part of a bid to save £340,000 year.

In December, the council’s lead member for the environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, told the Gazette that the council would have no option but to review a number of non-statutory services it currently provides due to cuts in Government funding.

Members will be asked permission to undertake a feasibility study of three options at an executive meeting on July 4.

They include the introduction of a weekly food collection service and the possibility of enforcing a policy of ‘no side waste’ for all other rubbish left out of bins and boxes.

Mr Cann said they were looking to provide ‘an enhanced recycling service that should reduce the amount of waste’.

He said three weekly collections was the ‘most radical’ option and the council would have to be convinced it would work in North Devon.

East Devon District Council – which already operates the system - is to make a presentation at the July 4 meeting about its experiences so far.

Mr Cann said education was the key and there would need to be wardens who could help people with their waste and recycling issues.

“Places like Ilfracombe have their own problems and we will send people in to help them and find solutions,” he said.

“But we recognise we can’t expect a flat to keep rubbish for three weeks, which is ridiculous.”

Whatever is decided, a trial period and consultation is expected before the council rolls out the revised service in spring of next year.

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