I have an idea how to cut waste
Residents moving into new homes in South Cambridgeshire are told they have to pay for one green recycling bin and one black rubbish bin, which cost ｣60 each.
Some people felt the price was too high and bought cheaper bins on the internet from a firm in Germany.
However, when the council learned of the purchases, the residents were told the German bins would not be emptied. One of the residents has reported the council to the European Commission for blocking trade...
Sue Ellington, who is in charge of environmental services, said the charge was to recoup some of the cost of supplying bins to new homes, which amounts to between £40 and £60 per bin.
She said: "It's not a stealth tax. We're trying to get people to cut waste.
"Controlling the supply of bins helps do that."
No, it just encourages fly tipping - councils were given the responsibility to collect rubbish because of public health, not to make money, not to impose a green ideology but to ensure as a public good that waste was dealt with correctly.