LABOUR councillors have promised to scrap Kirklees Council's `barmy' charges for collecting bulk waste.
The proposal is one of several that the Labour group plans to introduce in its budget proposals.
They say the charges have led to an increase in fly-tipping and added to the problems of cash-strapped families.
The councillors cite a report by the council's own Corporate Development Unit. It highlighted the waste charges as contributing to poverty for families and people on fixed incomes.
Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said the measure would be included in the group's plans, to be tabled to the budget meeting on Wednesday, March 3.
He added: "Fears raised by Labour councillors have proved to be true and our warnings about the effects on charging for waste collections were ignored by the council Cabinet.
"The Labour group is determined to return to a free collection service. Labour introduced a free service in 1992 and it worked very well, until charges were introduced by the Liberal Democrats in April, 2003.
"The council's budget process presents an opportunity to end these barmy charges."
Clr Khan said many people had complained about the charges and about fly-tipping.
"People simply cannot afford to use the service and rubbish is being left in gardens or dumped. These charges were supposed to bring in £500,000, but less than a fifth of the cash has been raised.
"It is unfair to expect residents to pay for essential services such as waste collection," said Clr Khan.