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Man told to fork out £25 after his bin is left broken during rubbish collection

A man has been left furious after his borough council asked him to pay for the bin lid it broke.

Tim Spencer, who lives in Barmey, Kent, said refuse workers came to pick up his two green recycling bins only for one to be returned without its lid. '

'It must have broken off somehow when they were tipping it in the back of the dustcart,' Tim told KentOnline.

'But when I contacted the council and asked for a replacement, I was told I’d have to pay £25.'

Tim reviewed the CCTV overlooking his driveway on Tarragon Road to see the bin very much have its lid before the rubbish collectors came and left it back without one.

The council, though, wouldn't budge and asked for him to cough up the cash.

A waste service official told Tim that the bin lid snapping off was likely down to 'general wear and tear', rather than the bin collectors.

'As this was not broken due to the crew doing something wrong, the replacement bin would still be chargeable,' the worker told Tim, he said.

Tim said that he has lived in the area since 2008 and has never had an issue with his bins.

'There was absolutely nothing wrong with it before they took it away,' he said, adding that he can't use the bin as rainwater could get inside.

'But to expect me to pay is too much,' Tim said.

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) spokesperson said that, like other local authorities, the council has a bin-lid replacement policy.

'It is recognised bins will break over time due to wear and tear so will not last forever,' the spokesperson said.

'When MBC receives a report of a broken bin the waste collection team will look into the circumstances and consider each individual case. If it can be shown that the crew has been negligent the council will refund the resident.

'In this instance, MBC is still investigating and will contact the resident with a response in due course.'

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