Changes to DIY waste charges hoped to help combat fly tipping in rural areas

Over the weekend, the Government announced that charges to dispose of DIY waste at household waste recycling centres would be scrapped.  Around a third of Local Authorities still charge for the service, which includes costs of up to £10 for a single item.

The Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to dispose of their waste properly and that’s why we are removing the financial burden on doing the right thing with DIY trash.

“This not only supports our wider work to tackle fly-tipping and waste crime, but we are helping home improvers across the nation make their dream projects a reality.”

The Government clarified the law in 2015 that local taxpayers should not be charged for disposing of household waste at civic amenity sites. It also stated that councils should not be charging for such DIY household waste disposal either.  The latest changes now clarify that DIY household waste should be treated the same as household waste.


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