A COMMITTEE set up to review council charges for bulky and garden waste has met for the first time.
A scrutiny panel of Kirklees councillors was set up after a public outcry in April, when the council brought in charges for collecting bulky household waste and garden rubbish.
The panel will hear information from council officials and other sources until September 29.
Members will then recommend whether waste collection needs to be changed and how charges should be adjusted.
Panel members Clrs Nigel Patrick (Holme Valley South), Colin Walder (Dalton) and Maggie Blanshard (Denby Dale) met at Huddersfield Town Hall to speak to Steve Noble, assistant director for environmental services.
He outlined the history of how waste was collected before charges were brought in.
Mr Noble said charges were introduced because the service was struggling to cope with demand for waste collection.
He said European Union directives on how to dispose of fridges safely had meant the demand for collections had rocketed.
Mr Noble outlined various schemes the council was using to reduce waste and encourage recycling.
These include offering free or subsidised home composting bins, promoting the use of council recycling sites and introducing a pilot scheme in which householders pay to have a special bin for garden waste.
The council has also used scrap metal dealers and diverted re-usable materials to charities.
Mr Noble said the aim was to keep total waste below 235,000 tonnes a year.
Later, the scrutiny panel will look at how effective these schemes have been and whether they can be expanded or improved.
It will also examine what impact the charges and other waste schemes have had on the local community.
People can send comments to John Heneghan in the Scrutiny Office at Huddersfield Town Hall or email them to john. firstname.lastname@example.org