A CONTROVERSIAL system of charging for waste collection in Kirklees is in the spotlight again.
Councillors on a special committee meet next week to look at the hotly-disputed charges.
And they will be comparing the new system of charging for bulky waste collection in Kirklees with other council areas, where, for many, the collection is free.
The scrutiny panel of four Kirklees councillors was set up after a public outcry in April, when charges for removing bulky household waste and garden rubbish were brought in.
Next Monday, they will look at a report revealing how dozens of other councils deal with their rubbish.
Tables show that out of 31 councils contacted around England, 19 offered free collection.
Recommendations made by the committee following their deliberations will be passed on to Kirklees Cabinet members, who will review the issue of charges in early November.
Clr Colin Walder sits on the specially-created panel.
He said Kirklees was eager to look at ways of improving the system.
Critics have argued that charges discourage people from getting rid of waste legally and lead to a rise in fly-tipping.
"We have never been given evidence from other authorities that charges have led to an increase in fly-tipping," said Clr Walder.
He added that teething troubles in the system were being ironed out.
"The anomalies that initially were there have been rectified," said Clr Walder.
"Individuals who haven't got a disposable income can now obtain the waste collection facility free."
The report also outlines how other authorities operate their rubbish collecting services and the best practices they employ.
Charges were introduced in Kirklees because the service was struggling to cope with the demand for waste collection.
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