Fenland D C - drop the £8 charge for the collection of clinical waste and sharps boxes

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PROPOSED CHARGING OF £8 PER COLLECTION FOR HYGIENE AND CLINICAL WASTE COLLECTIONS BY FENLAND
DISTRICT COUNCIL

We, the residents of Fenland, DO NOT SUPPORT the proposal of charging us £8.00 for each collection of clinical waste and sharp boxes. There has been no consultation with residents whatsoever.

Despite the decision by the NHS, there is no other council in Cambridgeshire that we could find that is now charging for this service.

Without any advance notice to residents, chemists or health centres, Fenland District Council's Cabinet advised Councillors by email in July that they would be charging residents for removal of sharp boxes and clinical waste. They advised Councillors that residents will only need a few collections per year. No evidence for this statement has been provided despite frequent requests.

This decision by FDC to charge residents is against the 2010 Equalities Act.
Fenland residents did not choose to have health issues. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is illegal for service providers to discriminate against people because of their disability.
For more information: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/helpline/your-rights/advocacy-packs/service-providers-and-diabetes

We therefore urge Fenland District Council to reconsider this decision to charge private households for the collection of hygiene and clinical waste.