New waste fees ‘will encourage fly-tipping’

Wednesday 27th August 2014 10:00 pm
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People taking rubble and old tyres to Cornwall's 13 household waste and recycling centres will find they have to pay for the privilege from Monday. In a move which has attracted criticism from both members of the public and councillors, Cornwall Council is introducing a scale of charges. The council says members of the public can still deposit other household items, such as garden waste, bulky household items, white goods, electric appliances and bric-a-brac, without paying a charge. County councillor Mark Kaczmarek warns that the new charges will result in an increase in fly-tipping and that people on low incomes would be unable to meet the cost of getting rid of items. Rebecca Dunn, of Liskeard, contacted the Cornish Times to complain, pointing out that the new Cornwall Council charges are higher than those imposed by Devon County Council. 'At a time when many of us are struggling to provide for our families I feel it is disgusting that the council are going to charge us to dispose of rubble and soil that I'm led to believe they reuse. 'A lot of us dispose of these things at some time even if it's just a couple of broken paving slabs or a lump we've dug out of the garden. She added: 'Are the council trying to get more people fly tipping or just trying to put us off DIY and gardening?' Cornwall Council says it does not have a statutory duty to dispose of these types of waste free of charge and many other local authorities throughout the country already apply charges. '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 wherever possible,' said Bert Biscoe, the council's cabinet member for transport and waste. 'The charges are targeted to deliver approximately £485,000 in savings. 'As we know, not everyone uses the household waste and recycling sites, and many people who do use them do not need to dispose of the newly-chargeable waste streams. '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,' he added. The charges include: £1.75 per sack of soil and rubble, including bricks, blocks, tiles, rubble, paving slabs, concrete posts, sanitary ware, toilets, etc; £4.40 per sheet of plasterboard and gypsum related products; £10.10 per sheet of bonded asbestos; and £3.20 for a tyre – although commercial and agricultural vehicle tyres will not be accepted. There will be no charge for bicycle tyres.

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