sure, we have to pay for it and it comes out of taxes, but why not out of income taxes. it is fair, progressive and easier to collect. why have a seperate revenue raising system for rubbish collection? it's silly and dangerous, once you link a councils income to the wealth of its inhabitants, you reinforce divisions in society. rubbish today, schools tomorrow. seperate fixed charges make no sense. unless you are metering, take the money out of income taxes.
sorry for the rant, but i find the whole thing so stupid.