CAERPHILLY borough residents will have to pay a service charge for the collection of bulky household items and replacement wheelie bins after Caerphilly Borough Council agreed the change.

At a meeting of Caerphilly County Borough Council Cabinet a service charge of £15 for the collection of between one and three bulky household items, and £20 for the collection of four to six items.

It will also cost £25 for all new and replacement green wheelie bins.

Cllr Lyn Ackerman, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: "It is important for householders to understand they are still able to take items free of charge to any of the council's six Civic Amenity sites located throughout the county borough, or make use of a variety of other free avenues available for collection of bulky household items such as the Rhymney-based Community Furniture Enterprise.

"Goods for re-use by the Community Furniture Enterprise are collected free of charge, cleaned and tested before being sold at very competitive prices to those in need in the local area.

The website is another excellent means of recycling unwanted bulky household items free of charge. Its aim is to encourage community involvement and keep usable items from going to landfill."

Cllr Colin Mann - Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Resources and Sustainability said: "The implementation of these measures represents a crucial part of our medium term budget strategy, agreed at a meeting of full council earlier this year."

Cllr Mann said that these charges were implemented like other councils in Wales and would also mean substantial financial savings for the council.

The initial issue to residents of brown wheelie bins, green boxes, green waste bags and food caddies will continue to be provided free of charge to encourage recycling, although replacement brown wheelie bins will now cost £25.