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Fly-tipping fears after Sunderland Council scrap free collections

Eddy Moore rubbish left in a back street in Hendon, Sunderland.

Eddy Moore rubbish left in a back street in Hendon, Sunderland.

WEARSIDERS are to be charged for getting rid of rubbish as part of council budget cuts.

New measures will see residents paying £15 for collection of bulky waste, which is too large to fit in their wheelie bin.

In addition, they must fork out £25 to replace lost or stolen wheelie bins.

Council officials have justified scrapping the previously free service, saying Sunderland was the only local authority in the North East which did not apply waste charges.

They claim this has led to demands for extra collections increasing by a third, to 54,900 – more than Gateshead and South Tyneside put together.

It is hoped the new measures will make up £360,000 of a planned £100million of funding cuts which were announced by the council in January.

But residents are unhappy with the charges, which replace three free bulky waste collection per year, of up to eight items.

Eddy Moore, from Canon Cockin Street in Hendon, found out about the new scheme when he rang the city council to report fly-tipping near Hendon Beach.

Mr Moore, who is a member of the Long Streets Action Group, added: “They have to make savings, but how much is it going to cost for the extra fly-tipping?

“They have just got on top of it, and it has not been bad lately.

“The back lanes are nowhere near as bad as they were years ago, and it is because of the good work of the environment enforcement officers.

“It defeats the objective if they have to spend more money sending people to clean then up.

“You can’t stick things like a washing machine in your car to take it to the dump.

“A lot of people don’t have cars, and you are looking at about £100 to hire a skip.” The changes, which came into force at the beginning of this month, will also see a new permit scheme being introduced for residents with vans and trailers, to stamp out commercial and industrial waste being dumped at Beach Street Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Deptford.

Councillor James Blackburn, cabinet member for city services, said: “We’re having to look at how we can do things differently in the face of £100million budget cuts from central govern-
ment.

“Sunderland remains one of the few councils in the North East still providing weekly bin collections.”

“We have also recently expanded the range of materials able to be recycled in our popular and well-regarded Blue Bin household recycling service.”

 

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