Thousands of residents across parts of Lincolnshire could soon be asked to pay twenty five pounds a year to have their green garden waste bins emptied. North Kesteven District council has announced that it's planning the move, which would also see new home owners charged thirty five pounds a year.
Waste company SITA, which provides services in Doncaster, says they are unable to meet a pay increase proposed by union workers. Refuse staff in the town have planned 2 days of strike action, followed by a continues strike.
Nick Browning, Logistics General Manager at SITA UK said:
"The Union has asked for an average pay increase of 13 per cent for our colleagues in Doncaster, which is entirely unreasonable. We cannot justify increasing the offer of 1.7 per cent that we have made nationally to all of our employees.
Further strike dates have been announced by refuse workers in Doncaster. They had already planned individual strikes on 28th September and 1st October, but from 2nd October a continues strike will begin.
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There will be no green bin collections for people living in Doncaster today. Refuse collectors who are part of the Unite union are staging the first of six one day strikes in a row over pay. Black bins will still be picked up there will be some disruption.
Sheffield's controversial fortnightly bin collection have started as part of the council's aims to save £2.4 million.
Today, half of the city started on the new schedule, which means black bins will be collected every other week, with blue recycling bins collected on alternate weeks.
Critics say it will lead to an increase in fly-tipping in the city, while some residents say it will help improve recycling rates.
Councillor Jack Scott has been speaking to Calendar about the move.
Bin lady Natasha Perdue is leading a bit of a double life at the moment. By day she's a bin lady in Leeds - in her spare time she's challenging for a place on the British weightlifting team.
An pay agreement reached between Veolia, which provides waste disposal services for Sheffield City Council and its workers will be put to members of the GMB Union later.
Two hundred binmen had been threatening to hold three days of action - the first on April 13th.