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DIY Waste Disposal Changes

25 April 2022

Fly-tipping is a crime that affects public health and the environment, and costs us up to £392 million annually. Local Authorities had to sort 1.13 million fly-tipping incidents in 2020/21 – a 16% increase from the previous year.

In an attempt to combat the crime, the government is looking to make changes to the current rules that permit Local Authorities to charge households for DIY waste. But what exactly will these changes look like, and how will households be affected?

As one of the leading recycling specialists in the UK, W&S have taken the opportunity to explain the potential changes surrounding DIY waste disposal, along with how we can help with your recycling and waste issues.

Contact us today to learn more about our household recycling services.

Proposal for all DIY household waste disposal to be free of charge

In 2015, the government banned charges for local residents disposing their waste at household centres. However, a legal loophole (concerning the disposal of construction waste) has meant that around a third of Local Authorities still charge for DIY waste.

As part of the Government’s Press Release regarding the new crackdown on fly-tipping, Environment Minister Jo Churchill said:

“I want to make sure that recycling and the correct disposal of rubbish is free, accessible and easy for householders. No one should be tempted to fly tip or turn to waste criminals and rogue operators.”

These changes will not take place until after the consultation, which closes at 23:59 on 4th July 2022.

Call to scrap recycle centre booking systems

Alongside the call to ban all DIY household waste disposal, the consultation also seeks to obtain information around the impact of booking systems at recycling centres. The aim is to better understand if such systems act as a barrier to households properly disposing waste, as they may be contributing to the nation’s fly-tipping, littering and backyard burning issues.

Council grants

A number of councils in England will be awarded grants to aid their efforts in dealing with fly-tipping hotspots. These initiatives will involve the use of CCTV, artificial intelligence (including number plate recognition), digital educational tools and a ‘no bags on the street’ policy.

Specialist recycling services in Dorset, Oxford and Yeovil

W&S specialise in tailored recycling services to suit the individual requirements of every client. We are 100% committed to helping our customers resolve their waste issues.

Boasting a team of recycling professionals who work with commercial, residential and industrial clients from around the country, we pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service.

To learn more about the recycling services we offer in your area, get in touch today via our website or give us a call on 01202 675564.



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