This was the question the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition asked itself about green waste collections. About 15,000 (23%) of Reading’s households have a green bin. Therefore 77% not using the service have been subsidising it.
The greenest option is to home compost; an RBC-run service is not a must-have, so I think it is fair to give residents the choice to opt in – or out. Those who opt in will be charged £22.50 (£7.50/bag). The service costs £321,000 to run. This charge works out at 46 p a week or 92 p a fortnight, which compares favourably to other authorities. Alternatively residents can opt out and either take their green waste to the Civic Amenity Site or compost at home. The last collections for those opting out will be in late May.
Many people in my Ward are incredibly hard up and don’t have a garden, so I am very pleased they will not have to fork out for a service they can’t use. The Conservative-led administration’s policy is to protect and improve services that are for everybody’s benefit like libraries, leisure centres and swimming pools, eg extended library opening times in Palmer Park and a refurbished swimming pool. This is in sharp contrast to Labour-controlled Manchester which you can read about here where Labour has closed libraries, swimming pools and leisure centres.