Just days after being launched the Liberal Democrat’s stop the Green Bin Tax petition has reached over 2000 signatures and rising. Residents are making their voices heard on the Council’s plans to charge for green waste collection starting next year.
In 2015, the Lib Dems cancelled Labour’s previous plans to introduce the charge and have ensured it was not introduced between 2015 and 2023 - saving the average household about £360.
If implemented, residents could be charged £43.50 per household per year for a fortnightly collection. Liberal Democrats are clear about the impact that this would have on families already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and on the environment.
Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson, Councillor Paula Widdowson said: “Residents in York are backing the Liberal Democrat campaign to stop Labour’s green bin tax. After just a few days we already have over 2000 signatures to our petition.
“People are telling us how they are struggling to keep their head above the water when it comes to the cost-of-living crisis and this decision would just add to the financial misery of many in York.
“The green bin tax would also be an environmental disaster. The Council’s very own report into the Green Bin Tax states that as little as 45% of current green bin users will take this up. Meaning up to 55% of existing users will cease to dispose of their garden waste in green bins which will mean a substantial rise in fly tipping, car journeys to waste centres and green waste in black bins.
Councillor Andrew Hollyer, Haxby and Wiggington ward said: “We encourage all residents to have their say on Labour’s Green Bin Tax and sign our petition to voice your opposition to the Council’s plans of charging for green waste collection in York.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to lead the campaign against this Green Bin Tax on residents in York and fight for real action of the cost-of-living and climate crises.”
Add your signature to our petition here: https://digitallibdems.typeform.com/greenbintax