‘Collect the bin or I’ll charge you’, resident warns Welwyn Hatfield Council

PUBLISHED: 06:00 31 March 2017

Andy Kaczmarek wants the council to come and collect his brown bin.

Andy Kaczmarek wants the council to come and collect his brown bin.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

“Collect your brown bin from my property, or I will charge you.” That is a Welwyn Garden City man’s ultimatum to the borough council after he refused to pay for garden waste collections.

Andy Kaczmarek, 59, has ordered Welwyn Hatfield Council (WHC) to take the bin away, or pay a handling fee for him to return it, as it is the local authority’s property.

The Haymeads resident, who owns his home, claimed the council has refused to do so, demanding instead that he either keeps it at his house or returns the bin himself.

But Andy told the Welwyn Hatfield Times it is not his responsibility to look after the council’s property.

He said: “I think it’s a fair suggestion on the basis that they want to stop that service, but they put clearly in the information that they will not be collecting the bins.

“You can’t say we are not going to provide that service and we are not going to collect the bins.

“They want to have their cake and eat it.”

Andy said if WHC refuses to collect it, he will send a bill – and if still unsuccessful, seek legal advice.

The father-of-three is furious at the new collection service, starting in April, as he claims putting food leftovers in residual waste is trampling over the environment.

“I think it is disgraceful,” the 59-year-old added. “It’s a back door tax. They are charging more council tax and want to add another charge to do something that I feel they should already be doing.”

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman confirmed despite owning the bins, the local authority currently would not collect them from residents who decline the service.

A council spokeswoman said: “Initially, residents who don’t subscribe to the service are being asked to keep their brown bin at home.

“This will give people time to consider the benefits of the service as the changes are introduced.

“We will review the collection of unused brown bins later in the year.”


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times