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Brown bins

We have brown bins for garden waste and have been advised that from July a charge of £30 per year will be made if you wish to continue to use it, anyway irrespective of the colour of your bin, assuming you have one (or more) do you currently have to pay for this service ?

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Re: Brown bins

Not currently and please don't give them any ideas. Lips are sealed

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Don`t use it... but similar here... I think the council have taken a leaf out of the roads and railways constructors manual,.... how to make twice as much money doing a job once...

 

When roads and railways need "cuttings" and "embankments"... the contractor will charge for making the cutting... and removing the "waste" then will charge again for providing the "materials" to make the Embankment, but using the same "waste" he has collected from the cutting.. Oh and he may also charge twice for the transporting  away from the cutting, to a "suitable site" .. and then charge for transporting TO the embankment from a (similar) suitable site... !

 

So,... the council charge you for your waste disposal in the "council tax".... then charge extra to take away "garden rubbish"... and then sell on the "environmentally friendly" compost they have made back to you, the gardener, or... they will use it on the councils own gardens and displays, thus saving money...( which they proudly advertise to you, the council tax payer, as "cost savings" and helping to keep the council tax low ! ! ! >>>  )

 

 

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To late,

I think they got the idea from several other councils who already do this.

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Our council tax is going up well above inflation, yet bus services, libraries, and a load of other things are closing, makes you wonder how they think up ideas to squander our money

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Yes we pay for garden waste collection. A green wheelie-bin collected every 2 weeks (with a few exceptions) costs £35.

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Does the percentage council tax rise equate to the percentage wages rise for council /officers/staff ?

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Don't forget, when money's tight councils often pay specialist consultant companies large sums to identify potential cost savings, these consultants might receive a six-figure sum to come to the conclusion that the council could reduce wages of certain support staff a few pence per hour down to minimum wage then out-source the management of these workers so it's a new contract and not a pay cut (and the council then have to pay another company to 'manage' ex council workers).

Sorry, wandered off topic there.

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@w23 yeah... kinda put it in the wrong bin, there. methinks ! ! !  Cheesy

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When bin men had to lift the bins they emptied them weekly, now they have wheels and are lifted by machines they only empty them once a fortnight.

 

I was watching something on TV recently that mentioned fly-tipping (in Luton as it happens) and it was said (by someone interviewed on the programme) it was 'the fault' of the council for charging to collect 'bulky items' (old mattresses, furniture etc.), not the people who were dumping the stuff in the streets. 

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Re: Brown bins

£57:19 for this year's green bin (garden waste) service in Sheffield.

I'd be much happier paying £30/year.

£55:14 last year.

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We used to have big green nylon bags for garden waste. Worked great as many people used it and the waste was made into compost that was used by the council as well as being sold to cover costs.

 

Then after a couple of years some bright spark decided it would be a good idea to charge for this. Now next to no one uses it. And most now dump the garden waste in the ordinary bins which means more emptying trips for the bin lorry and rising refuse costs for the council, not savings.

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no charge here as yet.. i'd probably end up sticking it in the normal bin if they wanted to charge for it.

thought they made money selling the compost anyway?
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No doubt they will employ someone to check the bins on a regular basis and any garden waste found in the wrong bin will result in a large fine.

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Thanet council now charge a one-off fee of £28 to 'hire' a 240L green garden waste bin with a £45 per year collection charge (no collections Mid December to Mid January).

 

I used this service a couple of years ago when the charge was around £30 but not any more. Would rather stock the car with the rubbish and take it to the council tip.

 

Oh, for the days you could leave large items out which the bin men would take for a 50p or £1 tip depending on size. And they would walk all the way up the garden path. Now they're leading us up the garden path.

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And how long will it be before they start charging you for taking stuff to the tip ?

Anyone taking stuff in a small trailer or van already gets charged in this area, there is a video in use at the tip and there is a limit to how often a car can use the tip in any one week unless a fee is paid.