Brown bin proposals for Derby are 'not a tax'
DERBY'S ruling Labour party has denied proposals for charging for garden waste collections are a "brown bin tax".
The authority plans to bring in a charge for those households wanting brown bins collected from 2014. This would be £40 per bin, per year.
For additional brown bins, each household would pay an extra £20 but campaigners against the proposals are calling it another "tax".
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, told yesterday's budget meeting: "It's not a tax. People don't have to pay."
He said people may have to resort to home composting as they would have done routinely a decade ago.
Mr Banwait added that, "as a last resort", people could put brown bin waste in their black bins.
The Tory opposition has organised an online petition against the bin charging.