News of more taxation through the back door from Sheffield City Council. In February I wrote about huge hikes in the cost of parking permits for residents and businesses. Now the council intends to introduce charges for garden waste collections.
Residents who wish to keep their green wheelie bin will get it emptied if they pay an annual fee of £57.60. Alternatively, residents can pay £12 for 10 green sacks. This is on top of the announcement last month that the council intends to scrap weekly bin collections.
I know Sheffield is not alone in introducing garden waste collection charges. Unfortunately it is a growing trend, as highlighted by Ian Taylor recently. This is a slippery slope though. What other council services are going to attract a charge in the future? Are councils going to ban us from putting recyclable items in our main rubbish bin, and then start charging for removing our recyclable waste? Don’t think this sounds far fetched. Would you have thought a few years ago that weekly bin collections would be scrapped across the country? Would you have thought that councils would start charging for removing garden waste?
If you live in a residents’ parking zone area in Sheffield and are a two car family, you will pay an extra £40 a year for your permits. Add £57.60 to that figure to get your garden waste emptied, you can see why many people in Sheffield must be thinking: so much for a council tax freeze!