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Another council introduces HWRC charges

Hampshire County Council has moved to stop construction waste being disposed of for free at its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

The Dorset Waste Partnership and Surrey County Council are both set to start charging for such material at their HWRCs from September.

Hampshire has joined the trend by announcing a similar scheme at its 26 HWRCs from 1 October, which it says is in response to Government funding cuts.

Soil and rubble will be charged at £2.50 per 30-litre bag, plasterboard £6 per 30-litre bag and cement-bonded asbestos £12 per sheet.

The county’s HWRCs, operated by Veolia, will also start allowing small- and medium-sized businesses to pay to dispose of the same materials that the HWRCs currently accept from residents.

From January, opening times will be reduced. They will close on Thursdays and open later at 11am.

Executive member for environment and transport Rob Humby said managing Hampshire’s waste costs all the councils in the county each year £100m, with the bill for the disposal of construction waste being £1m.

He said the new charge was the fairest way for the council to make spending cuts, which its residents support. The charges follow a public consultation on proposed cuts in 2014, to which 6,500 members of the public responded.

“Many authorities in the UK already charge for this type of waste to cover the cost of its disposal, and Hampshire will now be doing the same,” said Humby.

“These charges apply to the specified waste types only, and no householder will be expected to pay for normal household waste, green garden waste or recyclable materials such as scrap metal or glass.”

The Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (Larac) has previously backed moves by other councils to block construction waste being disposed of at HWRCs.

Construction waste taken to HWRCs has increased significantly in recent years due to higher skip fees caused by the increase in landfill tax. There is no statutory duty for councils to receive it.

 

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