Plans for £30 garden waste bin charge in South Tyneside

Green Waste bins waiting collection in South Shields
Green Waste bins waiting collection in South Shields

Garden waste bin charges could be introduced in South Tyneside as the council looks to slash costs and raise cash.

The Gazette understands that, as of 2017, residents may be asked to stump up £30 a year to have their green bin emptied from April through to October.

However, this would be reduced to £25 if paid before April.

The council said its “cabinet have made no decisions at this stage”.

Garden waste charges are already in place in neighbouring authorities including Sunderland (£20), Gateshead (£27) and Newcastle (£20).

It follows councillors awarding themselves a 1% pay rise – despite a backlash on social media from people saying they should refuse it; and news a review of adults services is being carried out with centres supporting those with disabilities under threat.

Coun Lee Hughes

Coun Lee Hughes

Sole opposition and Putting People First Coun Lee Hughes said: “This is disgraceful what is going on with the council.

“Pushing ahead with giving themselves a pay rise when the vast majority of people were against it, services for adults with disabilities being reviewed due to lack of funding and now this.

“It really beggars belief. On one hand they are saying we’ve got no money, so we are going to cut this and cut that and these are vital services, then on another it’s oh look we’ve got money to award ourselves a pay rise.

“One per cent might not sound much but if you times that by the number of councillors, then you have those on a much higher allowance than just the basic because of special responsibilities etc.

“Hardworking people are having their purses tightened time and time again and now we could be asking them for more money,”

Coun Lee Hughes

“It all adds up. No wonder people are angry. The whole thing is ridiculous.

“Hard-working people are having their purses tightened time and time again and now we could be asking them for more money to have their green bins emptied.

“A lot of people are not going to be able to afford these extra charges and then what? We should be encouraging people to recycle not penalising them for it.”

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Due to unprecedented cuts to local government funding the council must consider all services as part of its ongoing budget saving proposals.

“As in previous years the council’s cabinet will consider proposals as it develops its budget plans to deal with on-going Government cuts.

“Cabinet have made no decisions at this stage.”