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DWP to introduce HWRC charges

The Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) is to introduce charges at its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for the disposal of some materials.

From 1 September, residents will be charged for plasterboard, tyres, asbestos, gas bottles, construction waste and soil while all trade waste will be rejected.

Plasterboard will cost £2.50 a bag, construction waste and soil £1.50 a bag and tyres £5 each. Residents will be charged more for the disposal of asbestos and gas canisters.

The council said these materials were expensive to deal with and it was not obliged to handle them as they do not come from the day-to-day running of a regular household.

The money raised will go toward the cost of processing the materials. Similar charges have been introduced at HWRCs across south-west England.

There will no longer be a limit on how much of these materials can be brought onto a site, apart from asbestos.

Chairman of the DWP joint committee Tony Alford said: “When considering the introduction of these charges, the DWP focused on materials that cost a lot of money to process but are not dropped off by most residents on a regular basis.

“Rather than remove the facility to accept these items entirely, we are providing a compromise that will maintain convenience for the public but also save money for our partner councils.

“Funds raised from these charges will allow us to process those materials without passing the cost on to the taxpayer.

“We will also be keeping a close eye on reports of fly-tipping, although we do not anticipate any long-term changes as a result of these charges being introduced.”

The DWP move follows other councils’ attempts to avoid construction and DIY waste being disposed of at their HWRCs.

More than 1,500 residents in Surrey have signed a petition calling for its introduction of charges at nine of its 15 HWRCs to be scrapped.

The petition, set up by a councillor, says: “The new recycling and waste charges to be introduced on 1 September are exorbitant and will mean that the problem of fly tipping will increase. Only being able to take one bag per day will result in people making daily trips.”

Essex County Council is refusing to allow access to vans or multi-axle trailers at 12 of its 21 HWRCs from October after reporting increases in DIY and construction waste.

But trade union GMB organiser Dave Powell warned councillors the ban would make recycling more difficult and lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

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