Birmingham Tories have vowed to scrap the £35 a year ‘garden tax’ and restore free doorstep collection of grass cuttings to city households if they take control of the council next month.
A manifesto for the May 22 local election also pledges free parking in suburban high street car parks and to turn 40 pieces of derelict land into public squares.
Tory deputy leader Robert Alden said: “The Labour Council have let hardworking Brummies down. They are paying people to stick labels on green waste but not collecting it. Recycling has collapsed and pollution is increasing as residents have to sit in queues sometimes more than a mile long just to recycle garden waste, leading to increased car emissions.
“ We are making it clear if we take control of the Council a Conservative Council would axe the garden tax and reinstate free garden and bulky waste collections”.
With just 28 councillors, compared to 76 in the ruling Labour group, the Tories need a major landslide result to seize control.