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Charges for some types of waste to be introduced in Lichfield and Burntwood despite fly-tipping fears

Charges for some types of waste will be introduced next month – despite warnings it could lead to an increase in fly-tipping.

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Staffordshire County Council unveiled plans earlier this month to make residents pay for dropping off items such as rubble and plasterboard at recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood.

The charges – between £3 and £4 a bag – will come into force from November 1, with payment only accepted by card.

The initial proposal had been called back by opposition leaders for further scrutiny, but the authority has now confirmed the scheme will go ahead.

Cllr Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and the Communities, said: “Our recycling centres take domestic waste such as hedge clippings, or a few tree branches, mattresses, electrical appliances and household furniture free of charge and that will continue unchanged.

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

“Reducing the cost to the council of recycling will allow us to focus on supporting the most vulnerable people in society and providing statutory services in Staffordshire.”

The decision to call-in the decision for further debate came after the Labour opposition group raised concerns about the plan.

Cllr Sue Woodward said: “There had been inadequate consultation – including with waste collection councils at district level – and the impact on fly-tipping had not been fully considered – yet the changes are due to come into force on November 1.

“And pity the poor operatives who gave to enforce this new charging regime.”

Criticism has also come from the Conservative ranks too. Lichfield District Councillor Ben Rayner took to social media to question the plans:

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7 Comments

  1. Ken

    27th October, 2016 at 11:40 am

    How much revenue will this really generate?

    And what guarantee is there that any of that money will actually be used to help those “vulnerable people” that Staffs CC loves to wheel out periodically to support its unpopular, unneccesary, ill-conceived policies?

    I suspect the answer to both questions is “very little”.

  2. Chris Evans

    27th October, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    I pay £255 a month council tax shouldn’t that cover a few bags of rubbish? After all we don’t take it very often. It will cost the council far more clearing up the fly tipped lanes.

  3. JCJ

    28th October, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Were paying twice again seeing as we all pay council tax, Rip off Britain at its best. If I have bags of rubble they will be put bit by bit in the wheel bin.

  4. Adam

    29th October, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I really don’t see it as an issue. In 20 years I think I’ve taken one bag of rubble to the tip. In case people hadn’t noticed, local authorities have had their funding slashed. This is the thin end of the wedge; in years to come street lights will be turned off, roadside verges will not be mowed, litter will not be picked and we’ll be paying to have our garden waste collected. In addition, your £255 council tax will have risen to over £350.

  5. Chris

    30th October, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve never even owned a bag of rubble, let alone tried to dispose of one. I feel I’m missing out.

  6. Asellus aquaticus

    31st October, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Perhaps if people leave their rubble with Chris instead of paying to take it to the tip?

    It’s a win-win.

  7. slicker55

    3rd November, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Excellent value for money!