Landfill Tax In York Set To Hit £4 Million As Recycling Falls
7:44am 4th November 2013
Every man, woman and child in York could see almost £20 of council tax going on landfill tax.
The amount is rising as recycling levels fall in the city - it's feared stopping winter garden waste collections will make things worse.
The city council says it is still committed to having half of waste in York recycled by 2020.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Group Leader on City of York Council, said:
“Under the previous Lib Dem administration York had a reputation as one of the greenest cities in the UK with recycling rates increasing from 12% to 45%. Labour are destroying this by closing or reducing opening hours at recycling centres and overseeing a fall in recycling and a rise in waste being sent to landfill. Labour’s poor performance is now directly hitting the pockets of taxpayers’ as landfill tax costs rocket.
“In July we called for urgent cross-party action and asked Labour to agree to an ambitious set of policies which would see York commit to achieving the highest recycling rates in the North of England. Unfortunately, Labour voted down these proposals and decided to push-on with their plans to stop the winter green bin collections – a policy which officers now admit will make the situation even worse.
“Residents are angry about the ending of the winter collections saying that leaves are piling up in their gardens. They are faced with a choice of burning the waste, driving across York to the remaining recycling centres or putting it into their grey waste collection - which will further increase landfill. It is an absurd state of affairs and Labour need to take urgent action.”
Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr. David Levene said:
“The council remains committed to increasing its rate of recycling and achieving its target of 50% by 2020. We have also committed to exploring a food waste recycling collection and are continuing with our waste minimisation programme which could make a significant contribution to that target.
“Liberal Democrats could make a more positive contribution to York’s landfill tax bill by encouraging residents to compost rather than putting green waste in their grey bins, which will only cost the council more money. Residents will know changes to winter green waste collections are the result of huge Government funding cuts to York, so the Liberal Democrat’s complaints have something of a hollow ring to them”.
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