West Sussex County Council will introduce charges for the disposal of trade and construction waste at its 11 household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).
From 1 October, ’non-household’ items such as soil, hardcore, plasterboard and tyres will be charged at £4 per rubble bag, part bag, item or sheet of plasterboard.
For a limited period, one free rubble bag will be available for each resident at the centres.
The disposal of all other household waste and recycling materials, including green waste, will remain free of charge.
The decision was taken after considering responses from residents in a public consultation, and comments from parish, district and borough councils.
David Barling, county council cabinet member for residents’ services, said the changes were being made because of reduced Government funding and increased demand for other essential services.
“As a council we needed to live within our means and make savings,” he said. “These changes will help us to make those critical savings, while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.
“This was a decision taken very carefully after considering the views of residents.
“I considered all of the possible options available and decided that, because we did not want to shut sites and keep them open at weekends, this was the most realistic option to take.”
The Dorset Waste Partnership, Re3’s three-council waste management partnership, Hampshire and Surrey county councils are all set to introduce similar charges in the next month.
Such moves have been backed by the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee. It said 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.
Meanwhile, Essex County Council proposed a ban on vans entering its HWRCs.