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Extra rubbish charges considered
Rubbish bins
The council will consider the plans by the end of the year
Residents in Bristol could be charged for producing more non-recyclable waste than they can fit in their bin.

The city council's cabinet is to consider plans, drawn up by its Citizens' Jury on Waste, to charge for extra rubbish.

Details have yet to be finalised, including the cost of extra sacks.

Across England, councils are to be given the power to pilot schemes to charge households according to the amount of rubbish they throw away.

A spokesman for the council said: "The Citizens' Jury on Waste met in September to help shape the city council's future strategy on waste.

"On this issue of charging, the jury recommended that people who wanted to throw out extra rubbish - once their bin was full - should pay for additional waste sacks.

"These sacks would be available from suppliers throughout the city.

"The jury was selected from a panel of more than 2,000 people from across Bristol who regularly share their views and ideas on a wide range of issues."

MP warning

Non-recyclable waste is currently collected every fortnight in Bristol, with a free collection of paper, glass, tins and cardboard every week.

The council offers a standard black bin of 240 litres, or a 340 litres bin to households with six or more people.

A 140 litre bin is on offer to people who do not generate much rubbish because, for example, they live alone.

MPs have warned that the UK could face fines of up to 180m a year from the European Commission if it does not cut the amount of waste dumped in landfill.

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