Sefton’s £46 green bin charge proposal comes under attack. April 25th, 2013 onscene Latest News Shares Comments Sefton Council’s plan to charge for collecting green waste – currently subject to consultation until 14 June – has come under attack from Birkdale Lib Dem Councillor Simon Shaw. Until last May, when Labour gained overall control, Cllr Shaw was Cabinet Member Environmental on the Council including responsibility for refuse collection. “I think the Bootle Labour-dominated Cabinet are making a big mistake in proposing to charge for green waste,” said Cllr Shaw. “The suggestion is that the charge could be around £46 a year. That is going to put a lot of people off. In fact the working assumption on the part of the Council is that over 70% of households will give up their green bin.” “I am seriously worried it could end up actually costing the Council money, rather than saving the £1 million a year that the Labour Party hope.” “The reason is that green bin garden waste costs the Council far less to dispose of than the grey bin general waste. There is a serious danger that a majority of people will abandon their green bin if they have to pay nearly £2 a time to have it emptied. If a lot of those regularly place amounts of heavy garden waste in their grey bins then the tonnage going off to expensive landfill will rocket. That will cost the Council money, as well as being bad news for the environment.” “Overall it is a bad idea, which is why Lib Dems opposed it.” Cllr Shaw is encouraging as many concerned residents as possible to respond to the consultation, which has over a month still to run, at http://www.sefton.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=12427 Related Comments comments!