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11:06am 29th July 2013

There will be no more free bins for Cornish homes, but hefty fines if rubbish bags are ripped apart.

Officials say they do not have enough money to provide wheelie bins for everyone.

But if animals or seagulls get to unprotected trash we could face an £80 charge.

Jonathan Isaby from the Taxpayers Alliance told Pirate FM: "It certainly seems unfair if some residents are given free bins and others are now being told they are not allowed to have a free bin.

"I think this is the thin end of the wedge for Cornish taxpayers. They've seen their council tax over the last decade virtually double and it seems for less and less in return. People are surely going to be thinking why on earth we pay so much for our council tax."

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport and waste said: "There are 260,000 households in Cornwall. Not everyone wants (or can accommodate) wheelie bins. Our contractor, Cory, will take sacks from a dustbin or wheelie bin but in such economic times, the Council can't justify supplying bins to all households."

Community Protection Enforcement Officers have been targeting areas in Newquay and St Austell to try and reduce litter issues caused by residents putting out their rubbish too early or leaving it unprotected.  

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: "We must all share responsibility for keeping Cornwall tidy and this includes putting rubbish out on the correct day and making sure it is protected.  It's important to remember that residents are responsible for their rubbish until it is collected. This means that all household waste, including that already placed out for collection, remains the responsibility of the householder until the waste is collected by the Council. Our team of enforcement officers have been giving out advice but if that advice is not taken on board, then fixed penalty notices will be issued."

11:06am 29th July 2013

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