Council welcome reversal on construction waste charges

Councils hope the change will mean fewer scenes like this.
Councils hope the change will mean fewer scenes like this.

Amber Valley Borough Council has welcomed Derbyshire County Council’s decision to scrap charges on the disposal of construction waste.

The borough had been concerned that the charges for disposing of concrete, mortar, rubble, hardcore and ceramics waste would lead to an increase in fly tipping, which it would then have to deal with at the cost of Council Tax payers.

Coun Chris Short said: “The charges could have discouraged people from disposing of waste correctly and so we welcome their removal.

“Fly tipping is a significant blight on local environments, a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and can be hazardous to wildlife.”

He added: “Amber Valley is one of the most attractive places to live and work in Derbyshire and the borough Council, working with its local communities, helps to achieve this by keeping the streets clean and maintaining high quality parks and open spaces.

“The council spends thousands of pounds each year cleaning up after fly-tipping incidents. Last year alone we had to deal with more than 550 cases.”

The county council introduced a levy of £3 per sack of rubble at its nine household waste recycling centres last month to help meet a £37.2million annual bill.

But after local elections resulted in a change of administration, the new council immediately scrapped the charges as of Saturday, May 6.

The previous policy of accepting a maximum of 50 kilograms of building and demolition waste per visit was reinstated by using emergency powers held by the chief executive.

The move came in response to a Government announcement that it would be reviewing current guidance for councils.

New guidance is to be issued to make sure it reflects changes in the law and to make clear what can and cannot be charged for at recycling centres − including DIY waste.

County Councillor Simon Spencer said: “Abolishing the charges is just the start. We’ll be working with district and borough councils to rid Derbyshire of the fly-tipping that blights our communities.”