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Green waste ‘stealth tax’ could see charges on bins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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RESPONSIBLE residents who use their brown bins could soon be charged for dumping their green waste, as council bosses look into introducing a collection tariff.

The leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council has confirmed the authority will be reviewing its green waste policy, with the possible result of bringing in a charge for people using the facilty.

The move has been called a ‘stealth tax’ by members of the opposing Conservative group, who also warned that the charge may prompt more people to dump their rubbish illegally.

Councillor Richard Grosvenor, leader of the council’s Tory faction, told the Mail: “It’s disappointing to see that the Labour-controlled council is looking at charging residents for collecting their brown bins.

“These plans will lead to an epidemic of fly tipping, as people either use their black bin or dump their green waste in order to avoid Labour’s bin tax.”

He accused the group of ‘increasing council tax by stealth’, after vowing they would not raise the bill for residents this time next year.

It comes after the leading group also said they would be making cuts to non-statutory services in a bid to tackle funding cuts and ensure they could deliver a zero per cent council tax increase.

Councillor Julian Mott, leader of the council, said: “We know that we’re going to lose another £500,000 of Government funding next year, and we have to work within our budget.

“At the moment, we have not made any decisions about anything, but we will look at all options and find the best way.

“These concerns are valied, but at this stage all we are doing is investigating. They will be borne in mind when we are making any decisions.”

It is not known how much residents would have to pay for their collections, as the council refused to reveal any information ahead of the publication of a report in the summer.

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