Knowsley Council: Pay £23 to Get Your Old Bin Back

By on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

maroonbinOur household is disappointed in Knowsley Council after they refused to give us a larger rubbish bin to cope with the move to fortnightly waste collections.

We downsized late last year, and the council had no problem swapping our large maroon bin for the smaller size. When they announced that, as of 7 October 2013, they’d be collecting only every other week, we asked for our larger bin back. Their response was that we could only swap back if we paid £23. We protested, but they said there was no way to waive the fee. They explain their policy here, although it’s not clear how or why it applies to our situation.

We are a household of three (myself and my two parents, retired), but I’m sure there are families in a worse situation because of the switch to less frequent collections. Only households of six or more can get a second bin free of charge.

Many thanks to Prescot town councillor Carl Cashman, who made enquiries on our behalf and eventually found someone who was willing to swap their large bin for our smaller one.

Are you in a similar situation? You can phone Knowsley’s waste and recycling department on 0151 443 2400, email or go to the Knowsley Council website for more information.

If you still have a problem, let me know in the comments section below, or connect with other Prescotians via the Facebook page or on Twitter to see if you can find a Knowsley resident to swap bins with.

Full details of the changes to household waste and recycling collections in Knowsley are here.



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  2. Clive

    Monday, December 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I have set up a petition about the fortnightly bin collections. See here:

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