Black sacks for waste will no longer be delivered to homes across Tendring to save more than £150,000 a year.

That was the decision of Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet as it looks to reduce its budget by £2million over the coming financial year. The Council currently drops the bags off to about 68,000 properties via its waste contractors, with the majority of the bill being in the cost of delivery.

Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said that it was a discretionary service which cost the Council £154,728 this year and would go up to around £158,000 for the following 12 months.

“We just cannot continue to give out these black bags when we have got to find savings in the region of £2million,” he added.

“We will cease distribution of black sacks at Council Tax expense and residents can either buy them themselves or use another suitable container. We simply cannot afford all the things we used to enjoy.”

Tom Howard, Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation, said it would have less of an impact and would be more desirable than other cuts that would have to be put in place instead. TDC Leader, Neil Stock agreed and said that the Council should probably have made the change three years ago when it was first considered.

“We put it off but we will have to do it now and it is the right decision,” he added. “It is much cheaper for people to buy their own bags than have the cost on the Council Tax bill.”

Cllr Talbot also revealed that TDC will be phasing out bring sites for metals. He said that the Council is currently paying the contractor £85 a tonne to take it away due to a fall in the market price. Following an inspection many of the bins are also disintegrating, are becoming dangerous to use and will be done away with and not replaced.

“It is a time for decisions to be made but based on the facts, this is not a difficult one,” he added.

 

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