by Ian Yuill on 8 March, 2019
I have been contacted by many people angry at the council’s decision to impose a £30 Garden Tax to collect garden waste from people’s brown bins.
Conservative, Labour and Independent councillors voted to impose the £30 Garden Tax. SNP councillors wanted the Garden theTax to be even higher at £35.
My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I oppose the Garden Tax. We believe green waste collections should be paid for from the council tax.
The council has now issued this statement about the Garden Tax:
“At the budget meeting on 5 March, the Council approved a proposal to introduce a fee of £30 per year for the uplift of garden waste. The details have not yet been agreed and there is some work to be done before the charge can be implemented. We expect that the charge will be implemented later this year. At present, we can tell you that:
“You will only need to pay the charge if you choose to use the garden waste service. It will not be added to your Council Tax.
“You will not have to pay the charge if you only use your brown bin for food waste. We are required to provide a free food waste collection and that will continue.
“If you do not wish to pay the charge, you can compost your garden waste at home or you will still be able to take it to your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre, free of charge.
“We will provide more information about how and when the charge will be implemented as soon as we can. We will take the opportunity to learn from other Councils who have successfully implemented a charge for garden waste.”2 Comments