‘Bin tax’ would see rise in landfill costs

First published in Letters by

IT WAS good that The Press of February 23 covered the launch of the Liberal Democrat petition to stop Labour’s green bin tax.

Although it was launched only a few days ago, more than 100 local residents have already signed the petition, which can be found at: yorklibdems.org.uk/greenbintax

After closing Beckfield Lane, City of York Council is already missing its recycling targets. As a result, it will not meet its landfill targets, which means yet more landfill tax to pay (at an even higher rate than last year). Labour’s plans are quite simply the wrong policy at the wrong time. And to charge for collecting garden waste risks making a bad situation much worse.

Evidence from other parts of the country shows that introducing a charge for garden waste collections has been hugely unpopular – 40,000 residents in Newcastle returned their bins after their council introduced fees. A similar reaction in York would have a catastrophic impact on landfill and recycling targets, and would make an increase in fly-tipping likely.

Over the coming weeks, we need as many people as possible to sign the petition and send a clear message to Labour: local residents should not be charged for doing the right thing and recycling their garden waste. Let’s work together to stop Labour’s ‘green bin tax’.

Coun Ian Cuthbertson, Liberal Democrat, Haxby and Wigginton, Earswick Chase, York.

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10:30am Wed 27 Feb 13

sparkseffect says...

Don't forget the "consultation" (does anybody believe that it will have any effect?) on the Council's website. You will be able to tell them that your green waste will go in the grey bin instead (an option they obviously overlooked), but you will also be asked about your sexuality. No, I didn't see the relevance either.
Don't forget the "consultation" (does anybody believe that it will have any effect?) on the Council's website. You will be able to tell them that your green waste will go in the grey bin instead (an option they obviously overlooked), but you will also be asked about your sexuality. No, I didn't see the relevance either. sparkseffect
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11:23am Wed 27 Feb 13

yorkiemum says...

Have completed the consultation for what its worth on the Council Website but I am so cross that I was asked my sexual orientation and and beliefs. What the hell does that have to do with green waste!! Nothing
Have completed the consultation for what its worth on the Council Website but I am so cross that I was asked my sexual orientation and and beliefs. What the hell does that have to do with green waste!! Nothing yorkiemum
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7:40pm Wed 27 Feb 13

twotonethomas says...

Ryedale District Council voted last night, not to collect garden waste in Dec Jan and Feb. They got the support of the one Lib Dem present.

So even if I wanted to pay to have my bin emptied, I can't!!

Then they voted to give half the money that will be saved, as an increased annual donation to Welcome to Yorkshire, the brave Lib Dem abstained on that vote.
Ryedale District Council voted last night, not to collect garden waste in Dec Jan and Feb. They got the support of the one Lib Dem present. So even if I wanted to pay to have my bin emptied, I can't!! Then they voted to give half the money that will be saved, as an increased annual donation to Welcome to Yorkshire, the brave Lib Dem abstained on that vote. twotonethomas
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