West Yorkshire-based community recycler Kerbside Calderdale managing director Paul Brannigan hopes to turn a council by-election into a referendum on the enterprises future.
Brannigan is standing for the Skircoat seat in Halifax left vacant by the death of Conservative councillor Geoffrey Wainwright.
MRW reported (10 March) that Kerbside Calderdale was facing extinction and had asked Calderdale Council to conduct an independent enquiry as to how it could be driven to the wall.
The enterprise has now stated that it will suspend its collection to the 25,000 households in the borough on 10 April, unless a source of income materialises in the near future.
Brannigan will seek election as an independent candidate campaigning under the banner Kerbside Champion for Local Enterprise.
Kerbside had been locked in a battle with waste firm Sita over the boroughs recycling contract since August 2008. Brannigan said that Sita had not been prepared to allow his organisation to continue handling recycling collections (see MRW story). In October, Sita said it had opened talks with Kerbside to provide a bulky waste collection service but Kerbside said it refused because it saw the contract as an unfair deal. Kerbside continued to collect recycling from residents in black boxes against Sitas green boxes.
Brannigan said what was happening to Kerbside was symptomatic of the way local businesses were being treated by the council. He added: We have to take back control of our own destinies.
We have not stopped fighting and will be asking our customers to put their black boxes in a safe place until we return. These items belong to Kerbside but Kerbside belongs to the people of Calderdale. They are our trustees.
A local micro brewery in Blackshawhead, Yorkshire, has created a new bottled beer to celebrate the work of Kerbside, which is out now.