Trader slams new bin rates

PUBLISHED: 17:02 02 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 11 May 2010

A SHOPKEEPER has hit out at North Herts District Council after his refuse collection rates rose by over 40 per cent. Sam Hogg, owner of Shop on the Corner, Royston, was shocked to discover that his commercial bin collection bill for 2009/10 would increa

A SHOPKEEPER has hit out at North Herts District Council after his refuse collection rates rose by over 40 per cent.

Sam Hogg, owner of Shop on the Corner, Royston, was shocked to discover that his commercial bin collection bill for 2009/10 would increase from £185.42 to £269.10. He has now cancelled the service.

Mr Hogg said: "This is a totally unacceptable increase and I don't understand how the council can justify it.

"When businesses are struggling to survive and cutting as many little costs as they can, this is an amazing decision. Talk about kicking us when we're down."

A district council spokesman said: "The cost increase of commercial refuse collection is caused by a number of factors.

"The district council has realigned its charges to match its competitors more closely, and, in common with all refuse collectors, faces rapidly increasing costs, notably this week's increase in landfill tax from £32 to £40 per tonne, and greater transport costs to more distant landfill sites.

The spokesman added that the increase is heavier for the "users of smaller bins".

He said: "There is a sliding scale depending on the size of bin or skip used by the customer but the cost of collecting each type is not significantly different.

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