Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Introduction of Charges at Household Waste Recycling Centres for certain types of waste

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.

The public are still able to deposit other household items free of charge for example; garden waste, bulky household items, white goods, electric appliances, bric-a-brac etc. Information leaflets will be available at the HWRC’s before the end of July, together with advisory notices informing of the date that the charges will be applicable from (1 September). The Council website will be updated and will include a list of Frequently Asked Questions to assist with enquiries.

1 comment:

Harleytrip said...

All this will do is increase the amount of fly tipping of these types of rubbish. The affected landowners will have to pay for the clear up (unfair), or the council will have to come and clear it at more expense than it costs to get it taken to the HWRC