New Derbyshire administration removes charges at HWRCs

Derbyshire County Council has announced that charges for residents taking building and demolition waste to any of the county’s nine household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) have been removed, following a change of administration after the local elections.

Introduced on 3 April to tackle Derbyshire’s £37.2 million annual waste bill, the £3.00 fees per standard rubble sack of non-household waste taken to the HWRCs were removed on 6 May following the election of a Conservative administration at the council last week.

New Derbyshire administration removes charges at HWRCs
Derbyshire's Ashbourne HWRC
The charges were removed following the government’s announcement last month that current guidance for councils was under review to clarify what recycling centres can and cannot charge for.

Defra’s ‘Litter Strategy for England’ stated that HWRCs should stop charging for disposal of non-household waste, as it can make ‘disposing of waste more difficult’.

A number of councils have introduced charges for non-household waste over the past year as part of efficiency savings, including Hampshire, Cornwall, Surrey and Dorset.

We may be seeing the reversal of these decisions in the coming weeks and months, with West Sussex County Council another council removing charges for the disposal of non-household waste at its HWRCs following the litter strategy’s publication.

In Derbyshire, emergency powers were used by the council’s Chief Executive Ian Stephenson to reinstate the previous policy of accepting a maximum of 50 kilogrammes of building and demolition waste per visit.

Commenting on the decision, the Cabinet Member Designate for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Cllr Simon Spencer, said: "Residents across the county can take all their waste to our nine recycling centres for free once again. Reversing charges at recycling centres is straight-forward common sense. It's the service Derbyshire taxpayers expect and it's the right thing to do to protect our countryside and local communities.

"But abolishing the charges is just the start. We'll be working with district and borough councils across the county to rid Derbyshire of the fly-tipping that blights our communities even further."

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