Garden waste chaos as non-subscribers get their bins collected too
GARDEN waste bins are being collected even if residents haven't paid for the service, it has been claimed.
Furious residents say they don't see why they should fork out £36 per year to have their bin collected while others get away without paying.
Gloucester City Council used to issue stickers to put on bins where residents had paid their annual fee but that was stopped in April in a £9,000 cost-cutting exercise.
It meant that people who didn't pay for the service could still put out their bin in the hope of having it collected.
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Ken Manns, from Barnwood, said: "One assumes that non-stickered bins would be excluded from collection.
"However some households, whilst not paying for the service and therefore not having the sticker in place, have still put out their bins and have had their waste collected.
"A list of those who do pay is apparently issued to the collection staff and they will be expected to enforce the discipline of not collecting waste from households not on the list.
"I now await with keen anticipation the rush-hour pavement arguments between collection staff and householders."
Sandra Pember, from Longlevens, said: "I was interested to read that we will not be getting wheelie bin stickers as we've done in other years since the scheme began. This beggars the question how will the recycling team know who has paid and who hasn't? Surely this leaves the scheme wide open to abuse?"
Council bosses said that random checks are carried out to stop cheats.
A council spokeswoman said: "The city council has not issued stickers for the garden waste service since April.
"As the garden waste scheme operating in the city is on a rolling programme the cost of printing small numbers of stickers was high and a number were being wasted each month.
"To ensure only those who have paid for the service have their bins emptied, each collection team has a crew sheet which identifies which properties have signed up. Only those bins which are on the list will be collected. In addition Amey supervisors carry out audits of the collection rounds to ensure only those paying for the service are using it."