New charges for taking away garden waste bins in Sunderland branded a rip off
City Lib Dems vow to fight Labour’s ‘Brown Bin Tax’.
Wearside Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign against Labour-led Sunderland City Council’s plans to charge residents £25 a year for garden waste collections from brown wheelie bins.
Labour councillors in charge of Sunderland City Council have today (13th October) agreed to charge residents £25 a year to empty brown bins containing garden waste.
The charge will be introduced from March 2016 and will be on top of the council tax local people already pay. At the moment, the cost of the weekly brown bin collections is included in residents' council tax bills.
Brown bin waste includes items such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings, and it is expected that residents who do not pay the new fee will have their brown garden waste bins taken away completely.
Commenting about the decision, Liberal Democrat campaigner for the Millfield and Thornholme Ward, Niall Hodson said:
“Local residents are now wondering why we are being asked to pay an additional charge just to have our rubbish collected. Emptying the bins is a basic service that people expect the Council to do – after all that’s what we pay our Council Tax for.
“Not only is Labour’s brown bin tax bad news for residents, it’s also bad news for the environment as garden waste may well end up in normal wheelie bins and won't be recycled. Local Liberal Democrats across Sunderland, Washington, Houghton and Hetton will be fighting this decision all the way.”
“I’m also worried that this sets a dangerous precedent – if Labour councillors start charging us to empty the bins, what else will they start charging residents for on top of our Council Tax? If Sunderland Council stopped wasting money on gimmicks and vanity projects perhaps it wouldn’t have to introduce stealth taxes like this one.”