Ratepayers in the Derry City Council area have been warned that they will have to pay for new or replacement blue bins from January 1, 2007.
The council said they have already issued bluebins to every household in the city and they will therefore no longer be replacing them free of charge.
The standard blue and black bins can be purchased at a cost of £30 each or if bought together within the same transaction they can be purchased for £50.
Explaining why the charges are being introduced, John Kelpie, city engineer said: "Our commitment to issue free blue bins to every household within the Derry City Council area has been fulfilled. As with all organisations, resources are limited and we can no longer sustain issuing or replacing bins free of charge.
"Householders have a responsibility to look after their bins and should ensure that they store and use the bins appropriately."
Derry City Council will continue to replace those bins which are damaged during the weekly refuse collections for free but after January 1 these are the only bins which will be free of charge.
Gerry MacLochlainn, chairman of the Environmental Services Committee, hopes people will understand why the blue bin charges are being introduced.
He said that in order "to ensure that ratepayers money is being used in the most cost effective and responsible manner, the council's City Engineers Department will now apply a fee to all new or replacement bins".
For more information about the new bin charges, contact the City Engineer's Department, Waste Management Section at Derry City Council on: 028 71 36 5151.