New waste charge of £75
VAN drivers will need to book in advance if they plan to visit a Birmingham City Council tip from next month in a bid to crack down on abuse of the free service.
And any vans being used to dump business waste will have to pay £75 and will only be allowed to use the Tyseley tip for two hours in the morning and one hour at the end of the day.
The new charge is being introduced from July 10 to tighten up rules preventing businesses using the free service for residents at the city’s five household recycling centres (HRCs).
But opposition Lib Dem leader Cllr Jon Hunt feared the restriction would lead to more fly-tipping. He said: “It is time the council got serious about preventing fly-tipping. It needs to systematically catch and prosecute offenders at the same time as not turning ordinary people into criminals by making it hard for them to dispose of their waste – and with strikes looming it is a going to be a whole lot harder.”
Labour cabinet member for clean streets Councillor Lisa Trickett said: “Businesses have a legal obligation to dispose of their waste responsibly and this offers an easy and convenient way for many firms to do this.
“By creating a hub for this service at the Tyseley site, we will also be releasing some of the pressure than can build up at our other sites during peak times.”