What has Labour-run Sheffield City Council (or Labour-run Manchester or Bristol where Labour has more councillors than anyone else) got against students? Why does it believe that students should pay an extra levy to have their dustbins emptied?
Students don't pay Council Tax but the local government finance system makes allowance for this. The more student household's a council has, the more central government grant the council is paid. Indeed, if there is extra student accomodation a council will be paid New Homes Bonus - as well as extra money for emptying the bins.
Yet some councils are trying to impose an extra charge. They are effectively trying to be paid twice. They would charge student landlords a fee to have the bins collected, while still claiming this cost from central government. It amounts to a Student Tax rather than a genuine charge of the kind that shops pay for business waste collection. It would mean either landlords passing on the cost for higher rent, or refusing to pay and allowing an explosion of flytipping as students find their rubbish goes uncollected.