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Charge for removing green waste planned
11:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
‘WE will take heed of what the public has to say about changes to the refuse collections’, is the message from council bosses after they gave the green light for a consultation to begin.
Cabinet members voted unanimously to pass the consultation into the borough’s refuse collection on Wednesday evening at the council’s Civic Offices.
Under the proposals, people’s recycling, which includes plastic, paper and tins, will be picked up once every two weeks – putting £520,000 back into the council’s kitty by reducing refuse vans and the amount of contractual staff paid for by the council.
And residents will no longer have green plastic bags for their green waste but will instead pay £35 for a wheelie bin and then an extra £35 annual fee to have their refuse collected. It is hoped this will claw back £635,000 for the council. The council collects 9,700 tonnes of green waste each year and 60 per cent of people use the service. The council expects that to initially drop to 15 per cent if the changes are brought it.
It is understood that anyone using the blue plastic bags will continue to do so. it is unsure whether these will be collected weekly or fortnightly until the results of the consultation come in.
Councillor Stan Pajak said at the meeting, the move was a retrograde step and thought it would increase the amount of fly tipping in the borough and would also reduce the number of people who recycled their green waste.
“The people need to know that you will take heed of what they have to say,” said Coun Pajak. “One in three councils charge for their green rubbish and of those that do charge many are changing their minds completely because of the problems encountered.”
Councillor Richard Hurley, cabinet member for public protection, housing and streetsmart (delivery) said: “The whole point of the consultation was so the council could hear the public views and act accordingly.
“That’s what consultations are all about,” said Coun Hurley. “At the end of the day if there is a swell of opposition then we will have a look at what we are going to do instead - that’s democracy in action.”
Leader of the council David Renard said: “This council has to make savings if it is to meet this year’s budget.”
If the plans get the go ahead the changes will come into effect in February and the green waste scheme on April 1.
The consultation will be running from Tuesday until December 9.
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