North Devon Councils elected member responsible for waste and recycling said he is breaking ranks over proposals to introduce a three-weekly black bin collection service. The council has deferred a decision on three options which also include introducing a weekly food waste service and charging for green waste collection until September. But speaking at a scrutiny meeting on Thursday, councillor Rodney Cann said he was not convinced that a three-weekly black bin service would work. He said: I have faced abuse and criticism from people on the street and I have been failed to be convinced that it will work. Im breaking ranks; a three-weekly black bin service (option three) is a no-go area. Mr Cann said that with the right education, option two introducing a weekly food collection service; removing restrictions on the amount of cardboard that can be collected; and introducing a charge for green waste was a viable proposition. Option two will provide an enhanced recycling service I dont challenge that but education is an absolute must, he said. And Mr Cann also said the council did not legally have to provide a free green waste service and that many particularly residents without back gardens were paying for a service they werent actually using. Its not a service we have to provide; its a complimentary service and is actually subsidised by people who are unable to receive the benefit. Figures show that 92 per cent of South West councils (34 out of 37) offer a garden waste collection service. Research by composter retailer Mantis also shows that of the councils that do offer a service, 76 per cent (28) charge for the service. The average yearly charge is £40.82 and the highest charge is £53 and the lowest is £30. Mr Cann said were a charge to be introduced in North Devon, residents could expect to pay around £35 a year. What do you think? Would you be happy to pay for a green waste collection service? Could you wait three weeks for a black bin collection? Email your thoughts email@example.comClick here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.