A ‘nappy tax’ that would force households that produce more rubbish to pay higher rates for council bin collection has been proposed in South Australia.
Under the system ratepayers would pay slightly lower rates overall but then be charged per kilogram of rubbish collected.
The radical change was put forward by Environment Department insiders and Green Industries SA as part of a government review into the kerbside collection system.
Ratepayers could have to fork out cash per kg of rubbish collected by council under an ‘on the table’ option under consideration in SA
However SA Premier Peter Malinauskas swatted down the proposal this week saying bin collection should not be a ‘pay-as-you-throw’ service.
‘We don’t think there should be a change on council’s obligations to provide that service on an ongoing basis,’ he said.
‘We can absolutely rule that out’.
The Premier’s position is at odds with the boss of Green Industries SA who told a Parliamentary committee in September it was one of many options ‘on the table’ that were being considered.
The Liberal Opposition in the state wants to introduce laws which will prevent any such overhaul and protect the weekly rubbish collection service as is.
‘Don’t just rule it out, support the Liberal Party’s policy,’ Opposition leader David Speirs said.
Residents have slammed the proposal saying it would only result in people dumping rubbish where they weren’t supposed to in order to get around the charge.
‘More illegal dumping will be the answer,’ one said.
‘During a cost of living crisis, governments normally try to release pressure from the people, not to add more financial hardship to collapse the community,’ another said.
‘It just means the whole street will try to put their rubbish into my bin. Will council provide (sell us) individual padlocks?’ added a third.
Sa Premier Peter Malinauskas has ruled out changing the bin collection services but the decision would be up to councils unless laws are brought in to protect it