New waste charge of £75

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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