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Help stop this plan for a tax on Wirral gardens
2:35pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in Letters
IN response to the article in the Globe of September 5 (Majority say no to weekly waste collection) where you report that the findings in a recent poll contradict my recent call for weekly collections of food waste I would suggest they do no such thing.
I am perfectly content with alternate recyclable and residual (non-food) waste collections and if polled would have been part of the 90% supporting that arrangement.
The point I made is that the presence of food waste in the residual (green) bin tends to produce flies and smells and that the lot just gets dumped at the tip.
Reading further into the article it says that 69% of those polled would support a weekly collection of food waste – that is exactly what I was suggesting. There is no contradiction.
Degradable waste can be used more productively. In anaerobic processes electricity can be produced, far more environmentally friendly than landfill.
The council also pays enormous sums in landfill tax.
On the subject of bin collections your readers will recall I promised an e-petition opposing the proposal to charge for collection of grass and garden waste, after some delay this is now available at http://alturl.com/jcyhz
A charge would mean grass in the green bins which means more landfill which means more cost.
The council could ban grass in green bins which means more dumping which means more cost. It is little more than a tax on gardens.
I urge Globe readers to get behind the petition and stop the “garden tax” idea before it gets off the ground.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Stuart Kelly, Oxton