Shock as north Norfolk community groups lose out on bottle bank cash

West Runton Scouts with their bottle banks. Left to right, group scout leader Paul Henriksen, Dominic Lamb-Stobbart 13, Thomas Larner 9, Matthew Ayers 9, Emma Ayers 6, Thomas Mace 6 and Noah Vigor 6.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY West Runton Scouts with their bottle banks. Left to right, group scout leader Paul Henriksen, Dominic Lamb-Stobbart 13, Thomas Larner 9, Matthew Ayers 9, Emma Ayers 6, Thomas Mace 6 and Noah Vigor 6. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, August 8, 2013
6:30 AM

A groundswell of shock and dismay is breaking out across north Norfolk as dozens of community causes realise they will stop getting vital bottle bank cash next year.

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North Norfolk District Council recycling bins and bottle banks in North Walsham. North Walsham mayor Jacqueline Belson and town councillor Dave Robertson.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYNorth Norfolk District Council recycling bins and bottle banks in North Walsham. North Walsham mayor Jacqueline Belson and town councillor Dave Robertson. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Parish councils, village halls, youth groups and charities are just finding out that after June 2014 they are likely to stop getting cash for banks on their sites, estimated to be worth a total to all beneficeries of £55,000 a year.

Instead, as part of an anticipated new county-wide waste contract, householders will be encouraged to put glass in their recycling wheelie bins, with local profits going to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), which plans to start removing bottle banks in autumn 2014.

Groups set to be hit include the East Anglian Air Ambulance, RNLI, social and sports clubs. Town and parish councils, along with community groups, will be hit hardest, losing more than £30,300 between them.

North Walsham Town Council, which receives £4-5,000 of bottle bank cash, slammed the move as “outrageous” and members are writing a protest letter to NNDC.

Dave Robertson said: “North Norfolk District Council is nicking money off us and putting it in their own pockets and we will have to find the shortfall, which could mean we have to put up the precept.”

Cath Wilkins, chairman of Trimingham Parish Council, said it might lead to a rise in their precept and in Cley, parish council clerk Di Dann said they were “absolutely hopping mad” at the prospect of losing about £750 a year - the council’s only income apart from its precept.

West Runton Scout Group, which benefits from two banks, faces a fall of £850 a year. Group Scout leader Paul Henriksen said the bottle bank money was a “large proportion” of the group’s fundraising and added: “If we can’t find something to replace that, we are going to have to cut back a great deal and put up subs, which we don’t want to do.”

NNDC has suggested some groups apply for cash from the Big Society Fund to make up lost income. But Mr Henriksen said the Scouts had put in a bid for £15,000 of Big Society funding three months ago, and been turned down. He was also among many who pointed out that even if, at NNDC’s suggestion, they made their own arrangements, it is likely most people will put their glass in wheelie bins, leading to a “drastic reduction” in the amount taken to banks.

NNDC said feedback from residents had indicated they wanted a more convenient way of disposing of glass, rather than having to go to bottle banks. The authority also stressed the scheme’s positives and said groups have at least 16 months notice of the funding change.

A spokesman said: “Kerbside collection of glass in the existing recycling bins will be much more convenient, and will almost certainly lead to much more glass being recycled in the future, rather than going to landfill.

“The negotiated cut in cost on the current contract make it much better value for the north Norfolk community as a whole, reduces some of the pressure on NNDC funding and allows the council to continue to deliver essential services.”

11 comments

  • Seems to me that North Norfolk have taken the time to consult their households who have responded to say they want a more convenient service to them which means kerb side collection and not bottle banks - which means that those households who favoured a better service for them don't use the bottle banks. Its been a democratic process. Understandably those currently profitting from the collections will dip out, they have a lot of notice to seek other funding elsewhere to make the shortfalls and the article doesn't state how NNDC will direct the money gained from the new collection service - perhaps that will go back into the community via other projects like play areas, community grants, new homes bonus funding etc... Stop complaining when a council goes through the right process!

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    NorfolkLassie

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Not a good idea.

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    Muggas Budal

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • With all local authorities signing up to the new waste contract with Norse Group one supposes that the withdrawal of glass recycling will occur across Norfolk as from next April, no doubt councils will reap a financial benefit at the expense of noted charities.

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    Norfolcia

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • 'Outrageous' is just about the right word, NNDC is of the apprehension that they can tell us what yo do with OUR waste. The ownership of the waste is indisputable and if parishes Towns or City's decide to recycle for the returns to come into the local not DC coffers, then this is non of their business. There is money in waste and the cuts to local grants and services are now exacerbated by kite flying of this kind. The existing contract for which voters gave Norfolk councils a mandate for was to reduce, re-use, recycle. As far as I know NNDC has not explicitly come out against burning of waste, well only when we dare to burn something in our gardens they do, so unless councils speak from one hymn sheet they should keep their hands of what does not belong to them.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • You'll notice when it's good news they have Trevor Ivory, Rhodri Oliver, or John Lee speaking to the newspaper. When it's bad news it's "a spokesperson".

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    Jono

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Why can't we have both? There are a lot of people who have difficulty getting to bottle banks, so kerbside collection will help ensure there is no excuse not to recycle, but for those who wish to continue supporting charities by using bottlebanks, it should be allowed to continue. The savings made per ton of kerbside collection must factor into it somewhere?

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    Honest John

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • not to worry - the EDP will ride to the rescue: "EDP readers will [then] vote on a shortlist published on September". The Big EDP Lottery Fund. How's that voting going to work, by the way? What role, if any, will the EDP play in drawing up the shortlist? Who will be eligible to vote? Only EDP readers? What about the rest of the populations of Norfolk, N Suffolk and E Cambs? And why is it called the Big EDP Lottery Fund? Is the EDP putting any money into it, or just getting free publicity out of 'teaming up' with the Norfolk Community Foundation? (EDP Wednesday June 19 2013 p17). I have already written to the editor about this, but as usual "no answer was the stern reply..."

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • Having a survey is easy doen and insist that a few leading questions go into it, is also normal for Norfolk. When on the other hand we do give them a mandate, and they break the trust and contract, they want to have their cake and eat it. That is not 'going through the right process', that is a proposal to 'take' the receipts from people. I reiterate kerbside collection can be done by private companies who pay these communities. NORSE expects the waste fro free, and when they can't make it work, be bailed out by the council- taxpayer.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Its great to see NNDC coping UniteLabour controlled councils, who for many years have been collecting bottles at the kerb side.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • I never realised that my drinking helped the Air Ambulance, RNLI and others. If I'd known I'd have done more ..

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    Andy T

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

  • not to worry - the EDP will ride to the rescue: "EDP readers will [then] vote on a shortlist published on September". The Big EDP Lottery Fund. How's that voting going to work, by the way? What role, if any, will the EDP play in drawing up the shortlist? Who will be eligible to vote? Only EDP readers? What about the rest of the populations of Norfolk, N Suffolk and E Cambs? And why is it called the Big EDP Lottery Fund? Is the EDP putting any money into it, or just getting free publicity out of 'teaming up' with the Norfolk Community Foundation? (EDP Wednesday June 19 2013 p17). I have already written to the editor about this, but as usual "no answer was the stern reply..."

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, August 8, 2013

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