MORE than 200 people have signed a petition calling for an end to charges for bulky waste collections, which they say is creating a fly-tipping problem in Sunderland.
The online petition claims that scrapping the £15 charge, introduced in 2013, could save Sunderland City Council money as it would not need to deal with as much rubbish being dumped illegally.
The city’s Conservative group, is calling for two free collections of bulky waste items a year for each household.
Tory deputy leader John Wiper said: “The year before the charge was introduced, there were 55,000 bulky waste collections throughout the city. The year after, that dropped to 12,000.
“What’s happening to all the other rubbish that would have been collected?
“We think that some things should be included in the council tax, and rubbish collections is one of them.”
The council’s portfolio holder for city services, Coun Michael Mordey, said: “We believe residents of Sunderland still have one of the best resourced refuse collection services when compared with many others across the region and nationally.
“We also think the vast majority of residents will conclude that, in light of the limited resources available to the council, we must make difficult decisions to ensure we prioritise funding.”
The petition can be found at www.change.org/petitions/scrap-sunderland-council-s-bulky-item-collection-charge.