New charges are being introduced for the disposal of rubble, plasterboard and tires at recycling centers in Bath and North East Somerset.

From Monday 24 May, residents will have to pay £ 2 for a bag of rubble, £ 4 for a bag of plasterboard and £ 3.50 for a car tire, Bath and North East Somerset Council said. .

Residents will always be able to dispose of their household and garden waste free of charge in the three recycling centers.

In March, hundreds of people signed a petition to end the “tip tax,” as she dubbed it, calling the move “patently unfair”.

At a council meeting last February, a Conservative amendment was proposed to have councilor Karen Warrington lift the tax altogether, who said she was “extremely concerned” about the plans.

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Defending the charges today (May 7), Councilor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighborhood Services, said he saw a “sharp increase” in the amount of construction waste.

He said: “We have recently seen a sharp increase in the amount of waste from household renovations and construction work going to our recycling centers.

“These items are not classified as general household waste and if we are to maintain a full waste management service for residents, we can no longer afford to subsidize their disposal for free.

“We are, however, keeping our costs as low as possible at cost for disposal.

“The majority of councils across the country are already charging for the disposal of these items, including Somerset County Council, North Somerset Council and Dorset.

“However, it is very important that people dispose of their waste responsibly and recycle as much as they can.

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He continued, “There is no excuse for flipping flies, it is harmful to the environment and wildlife and we have a zero tolerance policy.

“Anyone caught tipping can face criminal charges of up to £ 50,000 or five years in jail.

“If residents discover waste that has been blown from the air, it is important that they report it to us, so our cleaning and enforcement team can investigate and deal with it quickly or in conjunction with the landowner. You can report it online here. “

Payments must be made online in advance through the council’s website, no money will be taken on site.

Under current government legislation, DIY waste is classified as “construction and demolition” waste and as “industrial” waste.

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By law, municipalities are not required to accept industrial waste at their recycling centers.

Residents undertaking a large-scale DIY project that will generate large volumes of waste are recommended to rent a skip, use the council’s paid weighbridge service, or arrange for alternative private disposal using an appropriate licensed company.

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Source: www.somersetlive.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-05-07 19:42:43