Council to charge £20 for ten bin liners
If you go to Morrisons you can buy 30 'Savers' economy bin liners for under 70p. South Gloucestershire Council, on the other hand, wants to charge you £20 for ten green recycling bags.
To rinse out more cash from local people, the Council wants to stick a sell-by date on each roll of bin liners - forcing residents' to renew every six months.
£40 a year for 20 bagsThe money-making ruse has upset some locals. To make matters even more expensive for local people, cash-strapped South Gloucestershire Council wants to charge residents an extra £36 a year to collect the waste - an additional surcharge on council tax already paid.
Like all councils, South Gloucestershire Council is attempting to save money. Its chief executive is Amanda Deeks, who in 2011 was on a salary of £155,000 a year (down from around £163,000 when Eric Pickles ordered council chief execs to take a 5% pay cut). She wants to see the council's waste strategy make £350,000 in savings.
"Charging will almost certainly exceed the £350,000 savings requirement that the waste service has to achieve," Councillor James Hunt complained to the Mail. "We've spent a long time encouraging people to recycle and this doesn't help matters."
Bin itIn fact, the Council's own estimates on their website claim the full chargeable service could make up to £1.2m for the Council (if you're on income support the Council will give you a 50% discount on the garden bin liners, reducing their cost from £2 each to £1).
Though "Consultation is an important part of the decision making process," there appears to have been very little consultation here. In fact, their online consultation form only offers the chance for South Gloucestershire Council residents to give a view on a choice of possible tariffs. There is no space to disagree with the proposal.
What next? Charging extra to use the local library or to walk in the park?