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 Coun 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 Tories.
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.”
He added: “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.
“What will happen is that people will put the green waste in with their ordinary waste and that will end up in landfill, or the waste will be dumped on spare land.
“There are a lot of terraced houses in Pendle, so many people don’t need the green waste bins, but we’re different - we have a lot of big gardens.”
He said there has been an “overwhelming” response to the petition so far.
South Ribble Council declined to comment further on its position, repeating it stands by the passed motion amendment.