Many councils charge residents for dumping DIY waste (old fitted furniture, plasterboard etc) at their Household Waste Recycling Centres – providing a financial incentive for fly-tippers. 

The Government do not think these charges are lawful. Andrea Leadsom even wrote to Conservative MPs saying that they were going to stop councils making them.

However, the government are simply wrong. Councils can legally make these charges.

I have written to DEFRA spelling out why this is the case and recommending the introduction of legislation to abolish them, and to compensate councils accordingly.

Sadly, the mix up means that this option was not addressed in the Litter Strategy review or subsequently.

Read my e-mail to DEFRA

Peter Silverman
2nd May 2018


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