Cornwall Council will be introducing a charge for certain waste streams that are deposited at the HWRC sites by the public. The charges will take effect from Monday 1 September 2014. The waste we will be charging for and the respective charges are:
- Soil / rubble (including bricks, blocks, tiles, rubble, paving slabs, concrete posts, sanitary ware, toilets, etc ) - £1.75 per sack
- Plasterboard ( including gypsum related products ) - £4.40 per sheet
- Asbestos – bonded type only - £10.10 per sheet
- Tyres - commercial and agricultural vehicle types will not be accepted. There will be no charge for bicycle tyres. - £3.20 per tyre
The Council do not have a statutory duty to dispose of these types of waste free of charge and many other local authorities throughout the country apply charges similarly.
While we accept that the introduction of charges may not be welcomed by some, the scale of the cuts in our funding from the Government means that we have to look at ways to reduce our costs where ever possible. The charges are targeted to deliver approximately £485,000 in savings and were agreed by councillors.
This policy means that the site users disposing of these materials pay for its disposal rather than the costs being subsidised by all householders. This is the general principle we are trying to adopt for all our waste services.