Council needs more bins as lockdown sparks recycling surge

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West Norfolk council needs to spend £92,000 on new bins because more people are staying at home because of lockdown, pushing up recycling rates - Credit: Ian Burt

A council is spending almost £100,000 on new bins because of the coronavirus pandemic.

West Norfolk council's ruling cabinet meets on Tuesday, February 2, to discuss its budget and financial plan.

A report to councillors states: "£92,000 has been added to the capital programme for additional bins for all refuse services.

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"This additional budget is required for additional brown bin sales requiring the purchase of bins as a result of Covid-19 and additional green bin requests as more people are at home and recycling more as a result of Covid-19."

The council gives extra green bins out for free to household who recycle so much it is always full.

I adds the money will also pay to replace some existing bins, which are between 8 and 14 years old and nearing the end of their life.