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And will they examine the contents of my black bin to check there is an average amount of food waste in there?
There will not exactly be a contamination problem because of food going in the residual (black bin) waste, as this waste will all go (unsorted) to landfill or incineration.
I think Cathy already answered this point:
I have yet to see answers to the question of how they will check will are disposing of food waste according to the new rules.
It appears that some are missing the point.The usual primary purpose of taxation is to raise money for the coffers (taxation is also a useful tool in protecting embryonic / strategic industries and modifying behaviour - by increasing the price to deter actions deemed 'harmful' or undesirable, an example of that being the landfill escalator tax).In the interests of maximising returns to the public purse, a tax should be easy and inexpensive to collect and difficult to avoid / evade.The current bins collections - and transport and disposal of collected waste - is not free. This work is done and paid for through council tax and any grant / subsidy from county or central government (who in turn get the money to do that mainly through taxation, licensing and fines).Now there are perfectly understandable reasons for increasing council tax - such as, government grant cuts, increases in the minimum wage, and increased demand for services.I'd argue that the logical and sensible course of action is for WHC to increase Council tax by £35 rather than create a separate 'tax', which will need additional resources to create, administer and enforce. The argument is reinforced by the high probability of increased fly-tipping, bonfires, greater use of facilities, like Cole Green...generating additional work and costs. Plus, there will be some households which will opt out. All of which reduces the tax take / money available.Common sense does not have any political affiliation or axe to grind.Consequently, for WHC to proceed along this path suggests some other motivation - possibly a general policy shift towards pay-as-you-go council services; an intention to further reduce local government (as far as waste services go it would make more economic sense to organise and run on a much larger scale than district or even county level); an intention to create additional payment / income streams for political purposes (previous governments have claimed not to have raised / cut income tax - while increasing NI contributions, imposing VAT, increasing VAT..., and assume the electorate is too stupid to figure out the sleight of hand); to provide sufficient quantities of waste for the Hoddesdon incinerator (if the contract with Veolia is like the New Barnfield one, HCC would be liable for penalties if they didn't provide a guaranteed tonnage of waste annually - a liability that would ultimately be paid for by residents - which would have a political cost); or some other reason.
I signed up to have my garden waste collected yesterday, despite the fact that the terms and conditions link is broken, the payment form demands far more information than any other I have used (they want the Bank postcode and other details which I didn't have, but the form processed without them). So now I have paid for a service without knowing the terms and conditions, and I can't find them anywhere on the site. Does anyone have them, please?
Have residents received anything in the post about the £35 & how to pay it? The last thing we saw was a leaflet that went out when it was in consultation stage.
I signed up to have my garden waste collected yesterday,
Quote from: Editor on March 02, 2017, 09:10:55 amI signed up to have my garden waste collected yesterday, Where, how? ... I've not been asked to, where you spoken to?
Payments can take up to ten working days to be processed, so it's important to pay early if you wish to take full advantage of the service.
Doesn't sound like much joined up thinking there from the council. This of course is no surprise.Indeed if there is no independent bar code then what stops someone faking the stickers. Its a bit like when the paper recycle bin gets smashed from poor design and operative handling (mine about 4 times a year) then you can just call up and get a nice new one for "free". Amazing service!! I guess its not a massive problem for them though as its not there money they are spending so hey...nothing to see here.
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