Councillors in South Ribble are concerned “the door is open” for additional charges for the collection of garden waste.
Following Pendle Council’s decision to implement an annual subscription charge of £25 per green waste bin, on top of council tax, Penwortham councillor David Howarth is worried more councils will follow suit.
He and fellow Lib Dem Coun Tony Pimblett have now launched a petition for residents to object to extra charges.
It comes after a motion they tabled at the last full council meeting, asking for a commitment not to change current bin collections was overturned by the ruling Conservatives.
An amendment, to “endeavour to maintain the provision of the much valued green waste collection service”, was passed instead.
Coun Howarth, who was responsible for introducing recycling bins in South Ribble nine years ago, said: “We asked councillors to give their commitment to the South Ribble taxpayers that extra charges won’t be brought in, but the Conservatives didn’t want to.
“They said that they would work to do their best, but that’s not really an assurance.”
“We’ve recycled more than 10,000 tonnes of garden and food waste in the past year, and bringing in extra charges would be very detrimental to that.”