Charges to be introduced for rubble, soil and plasterboard at Suffolk recycling centres
Charges are to be introduced for taking rubble, soil and plasterboard to Suffolk household waste recycling centres.
Residents are currently able to dipose of two bags of these materials a day for free at the centres but Suffolk County Council is set to introduce charges from April.
Council bosses say the charges, starting from £2 per 25kg bag, will help to reduce costs of the service as part of their overall 2016/17 budget savings.
However, concerns have been raised that such charges could result in an increase in fly tipping as well as being an extra on top of the recently introduced brown bin charge in West Suffolk.
Green St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Julia Wakelam said: “I would hope that the waste operator and the council carefully monitor the success or otherwise of this change and let us know whether there has there been an increase in fly tipping.
“Of equal concern is that this is yet another service, like charging for brown bins, which used to be funded from council tax and now is not.
“For this we do have to blame central Government primarily - funding cuts to local Government have been savage and unfair, as have been those to other public services.
“I worry what Suffolk will be like to live in in five years’ time.”
The new arrangements at the recycling centres will remove the two bag limit.
On arrival, residents will need to report to site staff who will determine the amount they need to pay based on weight and payment will be taken by debit or credit card.
The council says helping residents to dispose of these materials at recycling centres is not a statutory duty and is a cost to the taxpayer.
Cllr Matthew Hicks, cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “We are aware that our recycling centres are highly valued by residents; introducing these small charges has not been an easy choice to make.
“We’re not obliged to dispose of householders’ rubble, soil and plasterboard, and a number of other councils have already introduced charges for these materials.
“The removal of the current limits for this waste accepted at our recycling centres should make the service easier for Suffolk residents to use.”
New charges for materials:
Soil, hardcore and rubble price list
Up to 10 (25kg) bags or equivalent/£2.00 per bag
Over 10 ( 25kg) bags or equivalent/£2.50 per bag
Half transit van or equivalent/£25.00
Full transit van or equivalent/£50.00
Double wheeled van or equivalent/ £100.00
Plasterboard price list
*Size of one standard sheet of plasterboard is determined at 2.4m x 1.2m (7’8” x 3’9”)
Plasterboard* is only accepted at the recycling centres in Bury, Lowestoft, Foxhall and Stowmarket.
Up to 3 sheets or equivalent/£2.50 per sheet
4-8 sheets or equivalent/£5 per sheet
Half transit or equivalent/£50 per load
Full transit van or equivalent/£100
Double axle van or equivalent/£200