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Derbyshire considers HWRC charges

Derbyshire County Council has called on residents to share their views on its potential introduction of charges at its household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs).

The council has also proposed blocking residents from outside the county or Derby city from using the centres, and introducing permits for vans to prevent trade waste being disposed there.

It aims to cut its annual £37m waste management budget by £4m by April 2019, as central Government funding is expected to be cut by a third by 2020 compared with the 2010 level.

Some £200,000 a year could potentially be saved by asking residents entering the HWRCs to prove they live in Derbyshire, the council says.

It also maintains that up to £160,000 a year could be saved by charging or refusing to accept non-household waste such as soil, bricks and rubble at its HWRCs. Clamping down on business waste being dumped at the centres could save £40,000.

Residents have until 21 October to voice their opinions on the change, which will affect the council’s nine HWRCs.

Cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Dean Collins said: “We don’t want to make cuts to our services but, like councils up and down the country, we have no choice.

“We will continue to encourage people to reduce the amount of waste they produce and recycle and compost more to help cut costs.

“But neighbouring councils have already introduced similar schemes to prevent people living outside their area from using their recycling centres, so it makes sense for us to consider doing the same.

“The law says we must provide a place for residents to take their household waste free of charge but we don’t have to accept non-household waste, business waste or waste from outside Derbyshire.

“These proposals will help us to cut our costs while still continuing to provide a good-quality service for our residents and save around £300,000 a year.”

The HWRCs to be affected are at Ashbourne, Buxton (Waterswallows), Ilkeston, Bolsover, Chesterfield (Stonegravels), Loscoe, Bretby (Newhall), Glossop and Northwood (Darley Dale).

A number of other local authorities have introduced similar changes including HWRC charges, such as Leicestershire, Hampshire, and North Yorkshire county councils.

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