by tinaroberts on 13 August, 2016
Liberal Democrats have warned that plans by the Conservative-run authority to reduce opening hours and introduce charges for so-called DIY waste will make life more difficult for Worle’s local residents and discourage the responsible disposal of rubbish.
North Somerset Council has approved plans to consult on options to save up to £250,000 from its waste budget by reducing opening hours at the districts recycling centres and by introducing a range of charges for DIY waste, including soil, rubble, plasterboard, windows and doors, car tyres and used gas bottles.
Neighbouring Somerset County Council, also Conservative-run, introduced charges over the last few years which see residents charged £3.60 upwards per bag or item.
Liberal Democrat Tina Roberts said: “The Conservative administration seems determined to press ahead with the introduction of these charges and opening hour cuts.
“This will make life more inconvenient and more expensive for residents who already pay for waste and recycling collections and the operation of the recycling centres through their council tax.
“As was seen in Somerset, the introduction of charges can lead to an increase in fly-tipping and a reduction in the amount of recycling as people become increasingly deterred from using the recycling centres. It sends completely the wrong message.”
Hugh Eckett added: “These proposals would initially save £250,000 in the budget, but much of this so called saving would be wiped out by the increased costs of dealing with fly-tipping and higher landfill costs as more and more people would use their non-recycling bin collection service instead.”
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