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Faulty bins cost PS85k to replace.

REPLACING faulty recycling bins in Solihull has so far cost the council more than PS85,000, it has been revealed.

Responding to a question during a council meeting on Tuesday night Councillor Tony Dicicco, cabinet member for the Environment and Housing, said that approximately PS85,500 has been spent so far replacing around 20,000 bins.

And he also admitted that, in the worst-case scenario, the council could be forced to replace the remaining 56,000 bins in the borough.

In December last year it became clear that several of the brown recycling bins supplied to the council by manufacturer MGB were faulty. Many were prone to splitting, while several could not be lifted on to recycling lorries. Coun Dicicco admitted that the council were still not fully aware of the scale of the problem.

"It is difficult to ascertain the number of damaged bins in circulation," he said.

"The worst case scenario is that all of the bins provided by the supplier in 2014 will split at some time in the future. They provided 76,000 bins in 2014, therefore there are potentially a further 56,000 bins that will need to be replaced at some point."

While the council has had to foot the bill for the replacements so far, Coun Dicicco assured the meeting that supplier MGB would be covering the costs in the long term.

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Publication:Solihull News (Solihull, Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2018
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