Householders will face a new tax on rubbish from next year under proposals to be announced by David Miliband next month, The Times has learnt.
The Environment Secretary will disclose much tougher targets to recycle waste and will give councils new powers to levy charges on nonrecyclable rubbish. New regulations are expected to be attached to the Climate Change Bill to be introduced in July.
The new proposals are likely to aggravate a public outcry over fortnightly collections of domestic waste brought in by cash-strapped authorities. Some councils, particularly those facing town hall elections, have changed back to weekly collections....
Alan Connett, leader of Teignbridge District Council, which is reverting from fortnightly to weekly collection, said: “I think people pay their council tax and expect a minimum standard as part of the service, which is something we ought to provide. Otherwise, what are they paying their council tax for?
“When you start to break down the charges and charge separately for collecting rubbish, why not charge separately for other services such as street lights?
Quite. The telegraph has been leading on the fortnightly bin collection story for some time now - today's leading story is :
Town halls have been instructed by Whitehall to hush up plans to introduce fortnightly bin collections ahead of local elections.
Binmen at work; Plans to end weekly bin round hushed up
Four in 10 councils have dropped weekly bin collections
With Labour facing potential losses at next Thursday's polls, dropping weekly bin rounds has become a major political issue.
In what has been branded a cynical ploy to save votes by covering up an unpopular policy, a government agency told local authorities: "The timing of local elections may affect your thinking on when best to introduce the concept to members and to the public."
If it wasn't for those pesky voters councils could run the system just how they wanted. If I was standing as a Conservative Councillor and I wanted to win, more than I wanted to please Cameron, my campaign would be a simple one on retaining weekly bin collections. But local councillors are even wetter than Miliband and Tories are in the forefront of bleating about the advantages of leaving rotting rubbish on the doorstep for longer