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This £40 council charge still browns me off

Barry Peters, editor ANL-141113-155212001
Barry Peters, editor ANL-141113-155212001

It’s hardly surprising that less than half the households with gardens in St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath have signed up to the new Garden Waste Collection service.

You’ll recall, in simple terms, it’s where the council charges you £40 a year to do something they were doing previously as part of your Council Tax bill.

I loved that - here we had our council encouraging people to recycle at a time when they didn’t have to. Of course, this had a cost.

For householders though, £40 is not a sum to sneeze at. It’s a decent takeaway for two, a paid of kids’ shoes. So when Green Party councillor Julia Wakelam hits out, saying the council should be promoting the scheme better – see our story , I’m behind her because some home owners will now be simply disposing of their brown bin matter in their black bins – for free. And completely legally. Why wouldn’t they?

The council aimed for a 30% take-up in the first year. I guess if you set the bar low, it’s easier to come out the other side with what you deem is a success. I’m not convinced.


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