We run a gite and have a SIRET number, Auto Entrepreneurs. We took over from the previous home owners and accepted that we had two sets of bins. We did not think much about this even though we have had to pay double the annual standing charge.
Recently our village needed to make a decision whether our refuse would be collected from a point very near our properties (Door to Door) or if we should take it to central refuse area located on the edge of the village and empty into a community container. The vote was in favour for ‘Door to Door’. The annual charge for this being higher. We voted for the latter but we were out voted, the argument being old residents could not take the refuse so far. So all the bins are now bar-coded and the amount of times they are emptied is recorded and any additional emptyings above the allocated number will incur additional charges. We accept this and we are very frugal with our refuse production. Now for my gripe.
This year was a trial run by SMD3 and not charged by the new system, just recorded by their system to give everyone an idea ready for the new charges to start next year. We managed to Not to use the extra Business bin and thought that this would be good for us next year. We decided that we could manage without the ‘Extra’ Business bins. We calculated that it would be better financially for us to use only our normal bin and if when we had gite guests and we needed to have additional emptyings we would just pay for this on top of the standard charge. We contacted SMD3 to ask them to cancel the extra bins only to be told due to the fact that we were a business with a SIRET number, we had to have the extra bins and we have no choice in the matter. So we have to pay 2 annual standing charges Private & Business. We only have guests for a few months in the Summer so most of the time the bins are in storage but trying to explain this to SMD3 does not help change the situation.
Has anyone else come across this situation? We have yet to find out if ALL SIRET number holders are in this situation or whether it is specific to certain businesses.
SMD3 say we cannot get out of this until we cancel our business!
I would appreciate it if any replies would STAY ON TOPIC.