Why should we pay twice for it?

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SO, City of York Council is considering charging a second time for green bin collections. Don’t they know that it is illegal to charge twice for the same service?

We already pay for green bin collections through our high council tax bills. Now the council is considering charging us an extra 1.9 per cent rate rise when other councils are freezing theirs for a second or third time.

In theory, we are going to be charged for the third time. Imagine what we would say if we went to a shop or a supermarket and we were charged twice, or even three times, for the same item. What happens to the extra money we save through all the extra work we are doing recycling the waste? Our council tax bill should be reduced, not increased, or at the very least frozen. Where are we supposed to get this extra money from?

Brian Rogers, Wetherby Road, York.

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11:33am Wed 13 Feb 13

eboracum99 says...

What you have to understand is that the majority of York councillors have the i.q. of a supermarket trolley and could not care less about the citizens of this fine city, all they care about is themselves and the tourists! I believe in what goes round comes round and cannot wait for the next council elections so that James 'Big Mac' Alexander will have no job and i can go to the count and laugh my head off!
What you have to understand is that the majority of York councillors have the i.q. of a supermarket trolley and could not care less about the citizens of this fine city, all they care about is themselves and the tourists! I believe in what goes round comes round and cannot wait for the next council elections so that James 'Big Mac' Alexander will have no job and i can go to the count and laugh my head off! eboracum99
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11:46am Wed 13 Feb 13

yorkshirelad says...

I think this is simple...due to various funding pressures and increased demand for services etc the council is having to make cuts. They've looked at all their services and their budgets and decided that free green bin collections are to be cut.

You can't make the paying twice argument because no one's being forced to. Most of us will continue to compost and avoid the cost.

So it's just that...a cut. Across the UK people are experiencing cuts...in salaries, benefits, services, living standards. I don't think, in the grand scale of things, not having my grass clippings collected is the end of the world (and if it was...I'd pay for it!).
I think this is simple...due to various funding pressures and increased demand for services etc the council is having to make cuts. They've looked at all their services and their budgets and decided that free green bin collections are to be cut. You can't make the paying twice argument because no one's being forced to. Most of us will continue to compost and avoid the cost. So it's just that...a cut. Across the UK people are experiencing cuts...in salaries, benefits, services, living standards. I don't think, in the grand scale of things, not having my grass clippings collected is the end of the world (and if it was...I'd pay for it!). yorkshirelad
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12:57pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

TAX IS NOT A RETAIL MODEL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES.
TAX IS NOT A RETAIL MODEL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES. Buzz Light-year
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2:27pm Wed 13 Feb 13

lezyork1966 says...

They can take there green bin and shove it, if they think i'm gonna start cutting my grass they have another thing coming....

its kept under control quite nicely by flicking lighted fags into it and watching the little fires spread, works for me, oi pass me another can of fosters....
They can take there green bin and shove it, if they think i'm gonna start cutting my grass they have another thing coming.... its kept under control quite nicely by flicking lighted fags into it and watching the little fires spread, works for me, oi pass me another can of fosters.... lezyork1966
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5:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Where are you supposed to get the extra money from? I wonder if our government thinks about this when energy bills rocket, partly to pay for their silly green renewable schemes?
As for the next election: they will be back again don't you worry. There is nowt so daft as folk and so many people are tied to the party machine anyway, even regardless of candidate.
Good idea to use the green bins for recycling to save the boxes from blowing about in high winds. The twigs and grass cuttings can then go in the grey bin where they went before, mostly anyway.
But if the council are as serious about saving money as they are about spending it then how about selling DN 1 and that new limo could go? Instead of a coat of arms, the bicycle could become the York emblem and also the new Civic mode of transport.
Nothing ever changes, even the freezing weather again! Still, it's good to know our Council spent a fortune on their low carbon policy. Idiots!
Where are you supposed to get the extra money from? I wonder if our government thinks about this when energy bills rocket, partly to pay for their silly green renewable schemes? As for the next election: they will be back again don't you worry. There is nowt so daft as folk and so many people are tied to the party machine anyway, even regardless of candidate. Good idea to use the green bins for recycling to save the boxes from blowing about in high winds. The twigs and grass cuttings can then go in the grey bin where they went before, mostly anyway. But if the council are as serious about saving money as they are about spending it then how about selling DN 1 and that new limo could go? Instead of a coat of arms, the bicycle could become the York emblem and also the new Civic mode of transport. Nothing ever changes, even the freezing weather again! Still, it's good to know our Council spent a fortune on their low carbon policy. Idiots! ColdAsChristmas
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1:49am Thu 14 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
I think this is simple...due to various funding pressures and increased demand for services etc the council is having to make cuts. They've looked at all their services and their budgets and decided that free green bin collections are to be cut.

You can't make the paying twice argument because no one's being forced to. Most of us will continue to compost and avoid the cost.

So it's just that...a cut. Across the UK people are experiencing cuts...in salaries, benefits, services, living standards. I don't think, in the grand scale of things, not having my grass clippings collected is the end of the world (and if it was...I'd pay for it!).
A lot of York residents live in houses which have gardens the size of a postage stamp and so no room for a composter, and the rest of us who care about hygiene don't like the idea of rotting kitchen waste/plants etc at the bottom of our garden attracting rats and wasps.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: I think this is simple...due to various funding pressures and increased demand for services etc the council is having to make cuts. They've looked at all their services and their budgets and decided that free green bin collections are to be cut. You can't make the paying twice argument because no one's being forced to. Most of us will continue to compost and avoid the cost. So it's just that...a cut. Across the UK people are experiencing cuts...in salaries, benefits, services, living standards. I don't think, in the grand scale of things, not having my grass clippings collected is the end of the world (and if it was...I'd pay for it!).[/p][/quote]A lot of York residents live in houses which have gardens the size of a postage stamp and so no room for a composter, and the rest of us who care about hygiene don't like the idea of rotting kitchen waste/plants etc at the bottom of our garden attracting rats and wasps. Magicman!
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11:01am Thu 14 Feb 13

capt spaulding says...

Coming soon to a farmers gateway near you.
Coming soon to a farmers gateway near you. capt spaulding
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11:25am Thu 14 Feb 13

yorkshirelad says...

I would have thought that the amount of green waste you produce is roughly proportional to the size of your garden. Small garden = prob small amount of waste. No problem. I think somehow we can live with the hygeine aspects!
I would have thought that the amount of green waste you produce is roughly proportional to the size of your garden. Small garden = prob small amount of waste. No problem. I think somehow we can live with the hygeine aspects! yorkshirelad
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