Councils May Begin Charging For Non-Household Waste
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Councils May Begin Charging For Non-Household Waste

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Some councils in England are considering charging for the disposal of non-household waste in an effort to save money. One example of this is The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), which has agreed to introduce charges at the counties 11 recycling centres, which could save the council around £200,000 a year.

Waste Recycling Centres To Charge For Some Materials

The decision was made just after the committee was told that it is faced with a budget overspend of £686,000 in 2015/16. They approved a charging structure which will apply to anyone who is disposing of any non-household materials including rubble and tyres as well as plasterboard recycling.

Under the new scheme, which falls in line with the neighbouring unitary authority of Poole’s structure, householders will pay:

  • £1.50 per bag of soil or rubble or item of DIY waste, such as ceramic basins;

  • £6.50 per bag or £12 per sheet of asbestos;

  • £2.50 per bag or £10 per sheet of plasterboard;

  • £5 per car tyre; and between £6 and £35 per gas canister, depending on size.

The Dorset Waste Partnership believes that the charges could potentially generate £250,000 each year, which would be offset slightly by the cost to set up the scheme which would cost around £20,000.

The group also held a public consultation to gauge opinions on the charges and discuss other ways they can reduce the £3.3 million cost of running the areas 11 waste recycling centres. The public came back with 7,440 responses, with three quarters saying that closing one or more of the centres permanently would be unacceptable.

After looking at various options proposed by the partnership, 57% of those who responded said that charging for non-household waste was the most acceptable option out of the options which were available to them. Charges for the new scheme are expected to begin sometime just before next august after the partnership has a agreed a contract for managing it.

Commenting on the new scheme, Cllr Anthony Alford, Chair on the DWP joint committee, said: “The results of the consultation showed just how highly residents value Dorset’s recycling centres.

“HWRCs are mainly provided for recycling ordinary household materials. The types of waste for which there will be a small charge are the result of home improvements or can be disposed of in other legal ways, such as skip hire and garages.

“The changes agreed will achieve significant and much needed savings with the minimum impact on the majority of people who use our centres.”

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