Fury as coun­cils bring in charges for lo­cal dumps

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD Con­sumer Correspondent

FAM­I­LIES face charges of up to £10 a time to get rid of build­ing and gar­den waste – de­spite govern­ment prom­ises to ban fees.

Anti-lit­ter cam­paign­ers and farm­ers fear the move will in­crease fly-tip­ping across the coun­try.

Un­der a shake-up of lit­ter laws, min­is­ters have an­nounced big­ger fines for fly-tip­pers and guid­ance to lo­cal coun­cils that they shouldn’t charge for re­cy­cling.

But cash-strapped town halls have warned that com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres could be forced to cut open­ing hours or even close if they don’t bring in fees. Many coun­cils, in­clud­ing Sur­rey and Dorset, al­ready charge for the ser­vice. In Ox­ford­shire, res­i­dents will pay from £1.50 for a bag of soil to £10 for a sheet of plas­ter­board from next month.

Lo­cal Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union chair­man Jeff Pow­ell said: “Farm­ers have al­ready seen an in­crease in fly­tip­ping and this is bound to make the sit­u­a­tion worse.” Keep Bri­tain Tidy has warned that Bri­tain is in the grip of a fly-tip­ping “epi­demic”.

Last year there were nearly one mil­lion fly-tip­ping cases – a four per cent in­crease on the pre­vi­ous 12 months – which cost nearly £50mil­lion to clear up. The Sun­day Mir­ror’s Keep it Clean cam­paign has backed Keep Bri­tain Tidy’s calls for a Min­is­ter for Lit­ter, bet­ter en­force­ment and tougher penal­ties.

Martin Tett, of the Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Some coun­cils have in­tro­duced charges to re­flect grow­ing costs, and this money goes back into main­tain­ing ser­vices.”

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