Charges to be introduced for some types of non-household waste left at recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood

Charges are being introduced for some types of waste left at the household recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood.

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Staffordshire County Council says that the cost of disposing of “non-household” waste should not be entirely footed by the authority.

The items to be charged for include:

  • A bag of soil or rubble – £3
  • Plasterboard – £4 per sheet or bag
  • Tyres – £4 each

Cllr Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and the communities, said: “Our recycling centres take domestic waste produced during normal day-to-day household life free of charge and that will continue unchanged.

“But waste generated by DIY, home improvements or extensive landscaping of gardens is not legally regarded as household rubbish and, like many other councils, we’ve decided to cover the cost of processing it.”

People will be able to pay be either debit or credit card.

Cllr Heath added: “Charging to cover the costs of disposing of such materials as soil, rubble, plasterboard and tyres will ensure that we continue to offer residents a convenient way to dispose of awkward and difficult waste.

“At the same time reducing the cost of recycling will allow us to focus on supporting the most vulnerable people in society and statutory services in Staffordshire.”

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  1. JCJ

    14th October, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    That won’t promote more fly tipping at all then!

  2. J Pritchard

    14th October, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Fly tipping on its way…..and how much does that cost to clear up…..when you eventually do!!

  3. John

    14th October, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    The council want us to be more like Birmingham.

    Here we go, dumping all over the place. Looking forward to the sofas and mattresses on lots of streets.

    Such a short sighted view. Save a few quid and then spend far more, tidying up the mess.

  4. Sue Woodward

    17th October, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    The County Council’s Opposition Group has called in this decision for further scrutiny and review. There has been inadequate consultation(including with Waste collection councils at district level) and the impact on fly-tipping has not been fully considered – yet the changes are due to come into force on 1st November. And pity the poor operatives who gave to enforce this new charging regime! The call-in will be heard on 26 October.

  5. John

    18th October, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Excellent news Sue, glad you are on the case.

    I have worked over the years with numerous companies. Often accepting and processing small amounts of money, costs them far more than the money they are receiving. Once you look at receiving, storing, security, recording, processing…..

  6. Mauser

    21st October, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Typical LDC have no idea what they are doing, in short more fly tipping and more waste going into the black bin !!!!
    The tip gets busy and imagine the delays whilst people are trying to find some staff member with a card machine !!!! chaos will follow.
    I would never pay to dispose of soil it goes into the ground for goodness sake !!!!

  7. Fact not fiction

    21st October, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Yes, typical Lichfield DC not managing the household recycling centres they don’t have the rights to manage. Perhaps you may want to try turning your anger towards Staffordshire County Council which operates the waste centre.

  8. stephanie williams

    23rd October, 2016 at 9:50 am

    How to encourage further fly tipping, therefore charge the responsible people! thats what will happen since the irresponsible idiots will simply dump their rubbish anywhere. How short sighted of LDC

  9. Toast

    26th October, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Not sure how many times this needs to be pointed out:

    Direct your anger to Staffs CC, not LDC

  10. Sj

    27th October, 2016 at 11:26 am

    How long till council tax goes up I wonder

  11. Peter

    27th October, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I hope CCTV will be installed outside the recycling centre, or numerous vans will be dumping outside.

    I was at the recycling centre today. From 2nd November, staff will search your car to see what you are taking to the site.

    Is this a saving, someone to check all the cars? Will the money generated just be lost by the cost of having a member of staff tied up checking cars all day?