Dozens of readers have been reacting angrilly to proposals to reduce bin collections and charge for green waste - what do you think? Take our poll here...

Dozens of Gazette readers have been reacting angrily to the news North Devon Council will being charging for green waste collections.

NDC’s executive committee voted unanimously yesterday (Monday) to roll out the £36 a year charge across the district.

The committee also voted to pilot a new scheme, which includes black bin collections reduced to three weekly, and the addition of a weekly food waste collection, unlimited cardboard collection, in two areas.

On the Gazette Facebook page readers have raised concerns around overflowing bins and increased vermin.

Fiona Hiscock said about the green bin charges: “Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t we pay for this service as well as refuse collection in our rates?

“I’m wondering how the council have the audacity to bring in this, what on earth is next?”

Sue Rawle said it was ‘one of the daftest ideas I’ve heard this week’ and said one could ‘only imagine the stink of the bins in a hot summer’.

Emma Bills added: “As a family of four with two young children our bin is full to bursting after two weeks, let alone after three weeks.

“And we recycle as much as we can waste food wise, grass cuttings etc. If we are made to pay for the green bin to be emptied it will simply end up in the black bin as council tax cost enough and the services we get for paying them is shocking.”

Many readers, particularly those with young children still in nappies, said their bins are already overflowing after two weeks, or end up with maggots in them.

However, Sarah Jo Robinson said: “I actually don’t think this is a bad thing, if we could recycle more of it, could the council recycle more where possible? Like plastics that cover food/toys? And margarine tubs etc?

“I have a family and my bin is never more than half full. We have to stop the packaging nightmare! And try and stop filling the earth with our ‘rubbish’.

“Pressure on manufacturers does help, but more of us have to do it.”

The moves will help the council save £340,000 a year and meet a Government recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020.

As part of the plans, the council will be aiming to increase education on recycling, and investigate opening more community composting schemes.

What do you think of the proposals? Take part in our poll above or get involved in the debate on our Facebook page here.