As part of the Budget set on February 28th this year, we accepted the recommendation that savings could be found in the provision of sevices for green waste collection.
Members of all parties have expressed both skepticism and support for the move. The Council will now perform a full public consultation on this. The consultation can be found HERE
The consultation, which runs until June 14, 2013, aims to seek the views of as many people as possible about the option of introducing a charge for the service.
The purpose of the consultation is to:
1. Explain why a charge to collect green waste is being proposed
2. Find out how much people are prepared to pay for receiving this service
3. Find out what part of the week people would like their collections to be made
4. How people will dispose of their green waste if they do not use this service.
I think a small charge for this service is not unfair given the economic situation. If the outcome is that more people compost their own green waste then that is a plus for the environment.
However, I think it would be a loss to the environment and unfair on those who don’t have gardens, who wish to re-cycle relatively small amounts of green food waste (potato peel etc..) which would inevitably end up with normal waste.