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County council says introduction of charges at recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood has not led to increase in fly-tipping

A new report has revealed that the introduction of charges for some items at recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood has not led to increases in fly-tipping.

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Lichfield Household Recycling Centre. Pic: Google Streetview

Staffordshire County Council unveiled the fees for plasterboard, rubble and tyres towards the end of 2016.

There had been criticism of the proposals from Labour councillors in Lichfield and Burntwood amid fears the changes could have an impact on fly-tipping in the area.

But Staffordshire County Council says statistics from eight borough and district councils in the 12 months since the charges were introduced showed that levels of illegal dumping remained the same or rose briefly before returning to previous levels.

The study also showed the period between April and June 2017 saw the lowest number of ‘small scale’ fly-tipping incidents for two years.

Cllr Gill Heath, Cabinet member for communities, said: “Charging to cover the costs of disposing of non-household waste materials such as soil, rubble, plasterboard and tyres ensures that we can offer residents a convenient way to dispose of awkward and difficult waste, while allowing us to focus resources on supporting the most vulnerable people in our society.

“These figures, gathered by the district and borough councils, are entirely in line with our expectations before the scheme started and I never thought the people of Staffordshire would break the law rather than pay £3 or £4 to dispose of non-household waste legally.”

The report says visits to household waste recycling centres involving the chargeable items amounted to 2.5% of all visits over the 12 month period.

Cllr Heath added: “Although there has been no long term increase in small scale fly-tipping, there has been a rise in recent years of criminal gangs dumping tonnes of commercial waste in the countryside.

“Both types of crime are terribly anti-social. We are working with police, the Environment Agency and other local councils and I would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the police immediately.”

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  1. Nodge

    4th April, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Oh don’t worry, the brown bin fly tipping is coming…

  2. K.Dixon

    4th April, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Reduction in fly tipping but an increase in commercial waste? If that is rubble, tyres and plaster board isnt that the same thing?

  3. Hibbert

    4th April, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Always weird to think that the county council has vast powers of responsibility over Burntwood, but only have 2 seats to represent 30,000+ citizens. I’m sure Gill Heath is a delightful, old lady who does well for her constituents in Staffordshire Moorlands – Leek Rural, but I doubt many of those at Staffs county know about Burntwood/ Lichfield and the problems within them. With the Brown Bin tax now in effect, only time will tell if fly-tipping increases, and then who do we blame? Staffs County? Lichfield?

  4. Steve

    5th April, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I have personally commissioned a report on my diet.

    I have asked them to reallocate cider to fruit drinks, kebabs to health foods and crisps and biscuits, to the nutritious snacks category.

    It has proved, my diet is going brilliantly.

  5. John O

    5th April, 2018 at 11:13 am

    wait until summer comes, all that lawn mowing and hedge trimmings. Have you noticed the council never collect trimmings when mowing verges. Recycling bah humbug!

  6. Denyse

    9th April, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    The brown bin charge was the final straw: I’m now putting my grass cuttings in my black bin. Recyclables are going in there too. It’s freed up so much space just having one bin.