Milton Keynes Council have spent nearly £3 million operating the controversial tip-booking system since its introduction in June 2020.
It was originally adopted as a short-term solution to providing social distancing during the pandemic, but the Labour-Lib Dem Council have since made it permanent.
Now figures from a report to MK Council’s Budget and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 30 September shows the booking system is costing taxpayers £178,000 per month.
That means between June 2020 and October 2021, the council have spent £2.8 million to keep it running.
The Conservatives say the true cost of the booking system could be even higher as the Council has failed to take into account the impact of an increase in kerbside waste as a result of less people disposing of their rubbish via the tips.
Across the country, Councils have been panning the tip book system. Neighbouring Council Central Bedfordshire axed their booking system recently while Lincoln Council binned theirs following evidence showing costly upkeep and a failure to meet the capacity of the tips.
Cllr Alex Walker, Leader of the Conservative Group, said:
“It is unacceptable that the Labour-Lib Dem Council have spent £3 million operating a tip booking system where the only results have been a record year of fly-tipping incidents.
It is time the Council opened MK’s tips up. We need to get the cost of fly tipping down and make it easier for people to drop off waste.”