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Another council introduces HWRC charges

Another council is to introduce charges for DIY waste at its HWRCs, despite guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Like a number of other local authorities who have switched in recent months, Staffordshire County Council said budget pressures had led to its decision to introduce charges for materials including plasterboard and rubble from 1 November.

Typical charges are £3 per bag for spoil or rubble, £4 per bag of plasterboard and £4 per tyre.

However, in response to an MRW query, the DCLG has reaffirmed its view that councils should accept DIY waste free of charge as they are ’household’ materials.

A department spokesperson said: “We are determined to boost recycling and that’s why we have brought in legislation to stop councils charging residents for household waste.

“Guidance is clear that should include any household waste from DIY.”

The department added that it would take action against councils introducing such charges.

As with all other councils introducing the charges in recent months, including Hampshire, Surrey and Dorset, Staffordshire has classified DIY waste as ’non-household’.

The council says on its website: “It’s important that, in times of unprecedented budget pressures, we make the best possible use of the money we have to support the most vulnerable people in society and meet our statutory responsibilities.

“It is not a statutory duty for the sites to take waste that is not produced in the normal day-to-day occupation of a home. Waste from DIY or garden work is not legally regarded as normal household rubbish.”

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