Waste company should be paying the council
THE saga of the brown bin charge brings into question the competence and ability of our elected councillors.
The point I find inexplicable is why Derby City Council pays anything at all for brown bin collection.
The company that collects our pre-sorted waste takes it away for processing into products for sale at a profit. Why should we effectively subsidise any part of this company's activities?
Surely the cost of collection should be factored into its own budget rather than charging the council.
If we all put our green waste into black bins, the company would have nothing with which to make a profit.
Why can't our councillors realise the strength of the hand they possess when negotiating such contracts?
Instead of being so willing to get taxpayers to pay more, they should be asking the company to pay the city for the privilege of making money from our waste.
If these companies don't wish to play ball, we should perhaps ask the people who drive round our streets to earn a living from taking away our scrap metal if they would be interested in expanding their activity.
I wonder how many other council contracts need a value-for-money review?