CS from Westgate, has asked if I would put the topic of green waste collections up for discussion. I’m happy to and have added some clarification of the issues, after his letter, that you might like to consider:
"It has been publicised by leaflets and in a free local paper that (Thanet District Council) TDC are considering making a charge for the collection of Garden refuse.
The Leaflets and articles state that whilst the collections are suspended if householders need to have the garden refuse collected they can pay a charge of £6.00 for the collection of up to 3 black sacks.
1) No notification was issued prior to TDC taking all collections back in house,
2) That householders would be restricted to only 5 bags of garden refuse per week (this was previously open on the numbers). Now TDC are intimating that we will be restricted to up to 3 sacks (I think it will be one green bin). I and several people in my road attempt to re-use our bags but at the commencement of TDC taking over this service the men did not return these reusable bags.
Is this not another hit on the retired, elderly and disabled people who’s pensions are under ever increasing pressure. Added to this if we are told to recycle and compost will any consideration be given to the increase in the number of rodents. We are now charged for the services of a rat man to call. I live near a school and used to have the rat man twice a year because of leftovers dropped by the school children during term time. Now I don’t bother I just report to the school that they have a rat infestation.
The Make Thanet Beautiful campaign is a joke who wants 3 bins (Black, Blue, Green) outside the front of their home? Next, there will be a bin for glass. Isn’t more damage caused to the environment by people driving up to the council refuse yard than having one lorry making collections? Don’t KCC & TDC make a profit from most of the recycled products?"
Ed: With a garden to tend, green waste is a subject that affects me as much anyone else. In Thanet, it was always a ‘Pilot project’ and at present, one third of the island has it, with the other two thirds paying for it, which I’m sure you would agree isn’t fair.
As pointed out, the proposed new service will cost £25 to £30 for a large garden waste bin and a further £26 a year for a fortnightly collection. This should also have the result of keeping the streets cleaner during the “Green season” and address the many complaints from residents over black sacks and green bags left lying on the streets where green waste has not been part of the collection.
At present, one can place green waste in a black bin but no side waste in sacks is permitted as this now carries a fine.
In simple terms and with 4% inflation only matched by 1% from central government this year, Thanet Council simply can’t afford to subsidise the service. I will keep repeating that we have less and less money to spend on services and significant challenges to overcome where costs and essential services are involved.
I asked Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, who has the Cabinet responsibility for the green waste service for a comment and she replied:
“Presently, it’s a popular service that we wish to extend across the island to give all our residents the chance to re-cycle their green waste. It’s not a service we had to supply but we aim to encourage recycling as part of a broader drive by local authorities across the country to help the environment.”