Green bin row in South Gloucestershire
A council consultation on proposals to introduce green bin collection charges has been branded a "sham" by Conservative councillors in South Gloucestershire.
The row follows a meeting of the council's Communities Committee where councillors discussed proposed savings to waste collection services.
Council officers proposed that five options for changing the green bin service should go out to public consultation.
But Liberal Democrat councillors successfully removed the first option – the only one not to include charging.
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Councillor James Hunt (Con, Emersons Green), Conservative Lead Member for Communities, said: "By removing any opportunity to register an opinion against green bin charging, the Liberal Democratss have turned this part of the consultation into a sham and have sprung green bin charging on an unsuspecting public with no option for dissenting voices at all."Residents should be consulted on the full range of options and have the pros and cons for each one explained.
Tory councillors used to be in control of the council under the previous cabinet system but last year, Lib Dem and Labour councillors outflanked the Conservatives by voting for a return to the old-style committee system.
In 2011/12, 122,343 tonnes of household waste was produced by South Gloucestershire residents of which only 27 per cent was sent to landfill. For the first time, the amount of waste recycled and composted (53 per cent) exceeded the amount sent to landfill.
It meant that the national target of 50 per cent was met nine years early.
This compares to 45 per cent recycling in 2010/11 and 41 per cent in 2009/10.
The increase in recycling and recovery has been the result of separate collections of food waste, cardboard and plastic bottles introduced in November 2010, together with major improvements in recycling at Sort It!* Centres from August 2011.
From April 2011, 40,000 tonnes of residual waste from kerbside collections was sent for treatment at a new facility in Avonmouth. This undertakes recycling and produces waste derived fuel and energy for electricity and heating.
The five options before the committee were:
+ To cease providing a garden waste collection service for three months (December to February) each year.
+ To introduce a subscription-based garden waste service for 12 months of the year. Residents would be offered an opt-in fortnightly garden waste collection of the contents of a 240L bin on receipt of an annual subscription of £36, starting on 1 October 2013.
+ As option 2 above with the addition of ad hoc pay-per-sack collections of disposable, non-reusable garden waste sacks which can be purchased from the council and local retailers at £2 each.
+ As option 2 above with the addition of pre-paid sack collections of disposable, non-reusable garden waste sacks which can be purchased from the council in bundles of 10 for £20 and used within a 12-month period.
+ As options 2 or 4 above with the addition of a concessions policy offering a 50 per cent discount on the subscription price of the 240L bin or bundle of 10 prepaid sacks for residents in receipt of Income Support; Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance; Income-based Employment and Support Allowance; Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.