Residents across South Tyneside have rubbished an idea to introduce charges to empty their green bins of waste.
The Gazette revealed how the council could bring in a £30 fee to have their garden waste bin emptied between April to October.
“What will the Council do with all of the green bins people want to return?”Billy Blatherskyte
However, this would be reduced to £25 if paid before April.
The council says “cabinet have made no decisions at this stage” in relation to the proposals.
But in an online poll 91 per cent of readers who voted said the charges should not be brought in, with many taking to social media to hit out at the proposed plans.
Littlelady1982 posted: “Think we pay enough in council tax without extra taxes it’s a joke. Here’s a thought the council could take a pay cut. They get paid stupid amounts and for what all that they run is a sham.”
flloydmac wrote: “Simple, bag it and put it in the black bin. Free. #Lifebeforethegreenbins.”
Andy W said: “I have never seen the area so run down, potholes everywhere, cracked paving everywhere, weeds everywhere and now they expect everybody to pay £30 for emptying green bins. What you will find is grass and shrub cuttings on the streets making the area worse than it is now (which is not difficult to do).
Billy Blatherskyte asked: “What will the Council do with all of the green bins people want to return?”
Dave Hanson wrote: “It will lead to a rise in fly-tipping and/or idiots lighting bonfires in smoke-control zones. We are already paying for this service through our council taxes so why should we have to pay another £30 on top? No doubt our council tax will rise again even after implementation of this £30 charge.”
Terry Higgins posted: “We pay £24 per year in Northumberland, we have a choice if we want it or not, a lot of people just put in their fortnightly bin.”
Cally Jackson wrote: “The council already make money off the garden waste by recycling it as compost so they have a cheek asking us to pay as well! I’ll be investing in a compost bin If this goes ahead! Maybe stop wasting money on stupid things we don’t need and concentrate on the things we do!”
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.”