Charges for 'DIY' waste set to start
Page last updated at 29 September 2016 at 12:01
Local residents are reminded that Hampshire County Council are bringing in charges for the disposal of ‘DIY’ waste such as soil and rubble, bricks, tiles, plasterboard and asbestos from 1 October 2016 at their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) including four sites in the borough.
Soil and rubble, which is usually created from construction, alteration or repair of homes and gardens, will be charged at £2.50 per part or whole 30 litre bag (that is smaller than your 40 litre glass recycling box), or per item.
Hampshire County Council will also be implementing a charge for plasterboard and cement-bonded asbestos. Plasterboard, which is accepted at all sites, will be charged at £10 per sheet, or £6 per 30 litre bag. Cash and card payment options will be available at each centre.
Council Leader Keith House said, “It is disappointing that Hampshire County Council are imposing these charges. We are extremely concerned that these charges for household ‘DIY type’ waste, could lead to an increase in fly tipping.”
He added “The charges for a 30 litre bag could easily mean that with just a few other items residents could end up paying around £50 when taking DIY waste to the dump.”
Soil and rubble includes construction and demolition materials such as stone, rubble, clay, concrete, bricks, blocks, sand, tiles, paving slabs, and ceramic bathroom suites. There will be no charge for crockery or clay/terracotta flower pots. The limit of six bags of soil and rubble per household per month will be lifted. Hampshire HWRCs will also be accepting trade waste from small and medium sized businesses on a chargeable basis from October 1, accepting the same materials that the sites currently accept from residents.
More information on the charges being brought in by Hampshire County Council from 1 October can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/changes-waste-recycling-service