WHAT A LOAD OF RUB­BISH! Coun­cils to charge up to £10 to take DIY waste

The People - - NEWSNEW FEATURES & - By Stephen Hay­ward CON­SUMER COR­RE­SPON­DENT

A £10 fee to get rid of DIY rub­bish will en­cour­age fly-tip­ping, an­tilit­ter cam­paign­ers fear.

From Oc­to­ber res­i­dents in Ox­ford­shire will face a range of charges – from £1.50 to dump a bag of soil to a ten­ner for a sheet of plas­ter­board.

Coun­cils al­ready charge between £1 and £4 to use of­fi­cial tips in Lan­cashire, Le­ices­ter­shire, Stafford­shire, Sur­rey, Hamp­shire, Som­er­set, Dorset and Corn­wall. Anti-lit­ter cam­paign­ers and farm­ers be­lieve fees are likely to in­crease fly-tip­ping across the coun­try.

Min­is­ters have an­nounced big­ger fines for fly-tip­pers and ad­vised lo­cal coun­cils not to charge peo­ple re­cy­cling.

But cash-strapped town halls have warned com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres may be forced to cut their open­ing hours or even close if they don’t make res­i­dents pay.

Na­tional Farm­ers’ Union chair­man for Ox­ford­shire Jeff Pow­ell said: “Farm­ers have al­ready seen an in­crease in fly­tip­ping over the past five years and this is bound to make the sit­u­a­tion worse.” Keep Bri­tain Tidy said tack­ling fly-tip­ping cost nearly £50mil­lion last year. Its chief ex­ec­u­tive Al­li­son Og­denNew­ton said the Gov­ern­ment should give coun­cils some of the £1bil­lion a year it col­lected in land­fill tax to help im­prove lo­cal re­cy­cling ser­vices. She said: “Fly- tip­ping has reached epi­demic pro­por­tions. To tackle this prob­lem we think ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to lo­cal, free and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.” Min­is­ters have claimed coun­cils charg­ing DIY en­thu­si­asts for us­ing tips are be­hind much of the rise in fly-tip­ping. But coun­cils say get­ting rid of “con­struc­tion waste” is more ex­pen­sive than house rub­bish.

Fly-tip­pers face up to £400 on-the-spot fines but only a hand­ful of coun­cils are both­er­ing to is­sue the penal­ties.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents coun­cils, de­nies charges are con­tribut­ing to fly-tip­ping.

Martin Tett, the LGA’s en­vi­ron­ment spokesman, said coun­cils face a £5.8bil­lion fund­ing short­fall within three years.

He added: “Some coun­cils have in­tro­duced charges to re­flect grow­ing costs and this money goes back into main­tain­ing ser­vices.”

LOVE STORY: Eva, So­phie & Shayne

FEAR: Og­den-New­ton

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.