Woudl this be dreadful bin fraud and get us all in trouble?

(33 Posts)
BinFullOfAshes Tue 26-Mar-13 17:46:09

They are introducing a charge to empty our garden waste bins next month.

A whole £30 per year. Actually a stealthy way of increasing council tax but whatever.

They've just sent all the bumf through and it says that for £15 a year you can get an extra bin collected from your house, you don't have to buy an extra bin, just register it to your address.

My parents and sister all live up the road. Would it be terriby criminal of us (me and my sister), do you think, to add two extra bins to my parents address, wheel our brown bins up the road and back every two weeks in the summer, and save ourselves £15 a year?

AIBU?

#firstworldproblems

TempusFuckit Wed 27-Mar-13 11:47:02

I guess it would be ethically okay as you are saving the council the cost of collecting from two different addresses.

Not entirely sure about all this stealth tax talk though. It's not a compulsory charge for a start. Plus you could argue that the previous situation, where it was paid for out of general taxes, meant that people without gardens were subsidising people with - and given that people without gardens are probably, as a group, worse off that would make it a regressive tax I think.

Although I may well be talking out of my arse ...

SpicyPear Wed 27-Mar-13 12:33:46

Well, I can't muster much sympathy as our garden waste service is £65 per year with no extra bin option! I couldn't be bothered with the faff for £15 a year but if it bothers you that much do it. I can't get upset about bin fraud when you're displaying such committment wheeling the bin around smile

And look at the other plus - wheeling the loaded bin up and down the road will keep you trim and save on gym membership fees. grin

LineRunner Wed 27-Mar-13 15:48:53

I agree with TempusFuckit.

Why should the gardenless pay for the be-mansioned to have their cuttings collected for free?

Do you hear the people sing.

GreenEggsAndNichts Wed 27-Mar-13 16:00:11

I don't see anything wrong with it. Your parents would be paying for two bins to be collected from their house. Two bins would be collected. Nothing wrong with that.

I'll give an opposing view on the garden bin subject. When we rented, we didn't have a garden bin. We had a recycle bin and a regular bin. Our regular bin was never full, so we'd just put garden waste in there. It's hardly what the council wants, and no it's not environmentally friendly, but why assume because we have a garden we're keen to pay £60 a year on top of regular taxes. There was no incentive for us to pay money for having a special pickup. We didn't have a car, dropping it off somewhere else wasn't an option.

SarahStratton Wed 27-Mar-13 16:18:54

The local school collects all my garden waste from me. <smug>

lastSplash Wed 27-Mar-13 16:19:21

As you barely use it, can't you just cart the stuff over there and not even pay for the extra bin? All share the £30 a year bin.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 27-Mar-13 16:23:34

YANBU.

They have done this in my area too. I won't be paying the extra for garden waste as I have a find that works in refuse collection who takes stuff to work for me. We have to pay extra if we want to put out more rubbish than they say we are allowed as well.

I put rubbish in supermarket carrier bags and put it in a public bin when I take the dog for a walk. It's the same council that sorts it, but there's no way I'm paying even more for rubbish.

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