RESIDENTS should not be charged extra for waste collection, according to a councillor.
Clr Mehboob Khan is against Government proposals for a pay-as-you-throw system.
The Kirklees Labour leader said: “We should be promoting recycling but we can do that without a bin tax. Pay-as-you-throw would lead to a tax rise to cover administration and enforcement costs and an increase in fly-tipping.
“Councils should be given powers to introduce a save-as-you-throw scheme that rewards recycling rather than generating extra cash through a stealth tax.”
Clr Khan, who represents Greenhead on Kirklees Council, also fears that pay-as-you-throw would lead to more bonfires. He said: “In Ireland, where bin taxes have already been introduced, there has been a surge in so-called ‘backyard burning’ of rubbish which has seriously harmed the environment.”
The Climate Change Bill to be introduced in Parliament this month would give councils the power to charge a bin tax of up to £250 a year. People who recycle more and throw out less could earn rebates on their council tax.
The UK needs to cut the amount of waste going to landfill if the country is to avoid a European Union fine of up to £180m a year.
In 2003-04 some 18m tonnes of waste went to landfill. This has to be cut to 13.7m tonnes by 2010 and 6.3m tonnes by 2020.