New DIY charges at household recycling centres

From 1 April, the County Council will be extending charges to all DIY waste, removing the concession which previously allowed people to dispose of a small amount (one large item or up to 80 litres of waste) for free, at their local household waste recycling centre. This includes materials such as rubble, plasterboard, flat glass and items such as fence panels, doors, fitted units and bathroom suites – basically the fixtures and fittings of a home.

The removal of this one item/80 litre concession is expected to save the authority approximately £280,000 a year. The charges will be kept small and will help offset the cost of waste disposal from household waste recycling centres which totalled £7.5m in 2017.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “We’re proud of our network of 20 recycling centres which surveys consistently tell us that people are satisfied with. However our services need to reduce their costs and we prefer to save money by changing our policies rather than by reducing opening hours or closing a recycling centre. Removing the free DIY concession will help us to do this.

“Our recycling centre staff will be on hand to assist people to dispose of their waste properly. And I would suggest to people that it’s well worth checking our website before you head to the recycling centre so you have all the latest information to help you plan your trip.

“We have made this decision as we are not legally required to take peoples’ DIY waste. I would urge people to make sure they are factoring in the cost of disposing of waste when they are spending on their latest DIY project.

“We know that there has been a lot of confusion around the concession over the years and it has been very tricky for site staff to administer so it is hoped that the new clearer system will help remove this confusion that has existed.

“I must stress that this change will only affect DIY waste. Our recycling centres will still take all household waste for free which includes furniture, sofas, white goods, other electrical items and garden waste.”

Over the coming weeks, Norfolk County Council will be working to help make sure people are aware of the change before it comes in on 1 April.

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