A CALL was made today for Kirklees Council to look to Lancashire to discover how to tackle waste problems.
Labour councillors are calling for alternatives to unpopular waste charges and believe Kirklees should examine schemes used by other councils.
They give the case of Burnley Council, where large, bulky items are collected free from householders.
Residents there have to give just two days' notice to have items such as fridges and furniture collected.
Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: "People have told us they want to see improvements in everyday services. They also say Kirklees should not charge for removing large household items and garden waste."
Clr Khan said the ruling Liberal Democrat group's experiment with charges and permits had been a failure.
"We have visited other towns and found that charging for waste disposal and tip permits hit cleanliness and tidiness. Shropshire introduced tip permits and had a 60% increase in fly-tipping.
"Charging for collecting large items massively increased fly-tipping in Oldham and Oxford. Both abandoned the charges."
Clr Khan also said that providing free skips was a good idea that helped neighbourhoods get rid of unwanted items.
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