It is difficult to find the balance for metropolises and communities of municipalities that manage the collection of household waste and its treatment. They have to deal with soaring costs of infrastructure, energy, index-based treatment of territorial agents and the general tax on polluting activities (TGAP). And tensions can arise between elected officials and their citizens. Example in the community of communes of Roumois Seine where residents protest, via an online petition, against the application on January 1, 2024 of the incentive tax to the lift: bins with a chip of 140 liters and 240 liters will continue to be collected as today. But, instead of paying an annual Teom (household waste collection tax) of 14.11% of the rental value, the rates will increase to 9.20% plus 0.27 euro cents per liter raised.
"The destruction of waste is energy-intensive, whether by landfill or incineration"
Bertrand Pécot, Vice-President of the Roumois Seine Community of Communes
Bertrand Pécot, Vice-President in charge of Ecological Transition, Aquatic Management, Sanitation, Runoff, Waste, responds to concerns: "Today everyone pays Teom. This is the principle of the solidarity tax. The injustice is that it is indexed to the rental value. You have a large home, your children are gone, you are only two at home so you present less at the collection, but you still pay as much. So, the community chose to keep a solidarity share and an incentive share calculated according to the number of lifts per year. The principle is first to check if your bin corresponds to your needs. You can change it. Then, you have to present full and well-sorted bins. Here, we do not invent an additional tax, we modify an existing tax. With a presentation once a month, we can pay the same amount as today or even less, "says the elected official.
A choice assumed to meet the costs of treating final non-recyclable waste "which blaze, because this destruction is energy-intensive, whether by landfill or incineration," adds Bertrand Pécot. The mastery of energies becomes a backbone. Added to this is the TGAP which will increase from 15 euros per tonne to 65 euros per tonne by 2026. So we are in a situation where this cannot last. The citizens have to go a long way. Concretely, we still have to increase our performance in terms of sorting even if we have been doing it for 20 years. »
More than 1100 signatories
Despite these explanations, residents have put online a petition entitled "No to the reform of the tax on household waste in Roumois". More than 1100 signatures were collected. "We are already taxed enough in these difficult times, and we consider that this is not the right time for such an initiative," says the petition, which makes this other argument: "We fear that this excessive increase in the garbage tax will lead to a large number of incivilities, such as littering."
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"I understand that we are in an anxious period and that people are worried about changing the rules," said Vice-President Bertrand Pécot. This is not a problem, because I make myself available to talk about it. The most annoying thing is that we think we want to take more taxes. It's the opposite! After doing control rounds, we realize that there are dizzy, people who are not informed enough and others who do not want to sort. So I tell the signatories that I am at their disposal. I am convinced that there needs to be communication and dialogue. »
The elected official acknowledges that there are adjustments to be made but remains optimistic: "If we went completely to the weigh-in, it would be much more painful. As for the risk of littering, it is possible. There, the mayor must make the book work. Fines may fall for a fringe of diehards, but I am convinced that this will not last. There is no reason for this to go wrong. »