Council set to increase trade waste charges

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NEWTOWNABBEY Council’s Environment Committee has approved an increase in commercial waste collection charges - bad news for struggling business owners across the borough.

At their meeting last week, committee members agreed that the price for a 240 litre bin should increase by 50p per bin per collection, from £5.50 to £6, and that the price for a 1,100 litre bin should increase by £1 per bin per collection, from £11 to £12.

The meeting was informed that the price rises, due to come into effect from April 1, 2013, were “necessary” due to the increase in landfill tax, which will rise from £64 per tonne to £72 per tonne from the same date.

The committee’s decision still has to be ratified when the full council meets on September 24.