Pretty Green

The City Council proposals for the massive budget savings that they are being forced to make by the Tory-led Coalition Government include the introduction of a charge for emptying green bins. Free green waste collections were introduced by the Council, along with increased general recycling and funded by grants from the County and the Labour Government. At the same time black (residual) bin collections were reduced to fortnightly. This seemed to be a price worth paying as recycling rates soon increased dramatically.

Now this proposal suggests a charge of £36 for a service that many feel they have already paid for through Council tax, a charge that for many equates to a more than 20% addition to the money paid to the Council. All this at a time when VAT has increased, pay is frozen for many, and pensions and benefits increases are reduced.

What is more, it is not clear how the scheme will operate. How will the collection staff know whose bin is paid for? What is to stop neighbours from filling your bin, or bins from going missing?  What about shared bins? Will enough people take it up to make it pay? These questions remain unanswered just weeks from the introduction of the plan.

Lets not forget that everything you put in your green bin counts towards the Council’s recycling targets and saves the County money in landfill tax (but then they have to have something to burn in the massive incinerator they are planning to build near Gloucester).

These proposals show that the Tory Council have no green credentials. They are indifferent to increased burning, fly-tipping and landfill and prepared to charge those who can pay for services that were once part of the service.

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