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On July 17, 2019, in HWRCs, by PeterSilverman

See extracts from the Daily Telegraph’s article of 17th July 2019: Rubbish-tip ‘tax for households prompts fears of a surge in dumping

It quotes the Department for the Environment (Defra) as describing council “fees as a backdoor tax” and saying “homeowners should be allowed to dump for free rubbish from improvements” and that it is is “launching a review that could see councils banned from levying charges”.

The Litter Strategy for England (2017) stated that “The Government’s view is clear: DIY waste is classed as household waste if it results from work a householder would normally carry out. A number of local authorities have introduced additional charges for the deposit of waste which local authorities categorise as ‘waste other than household waste”. .

But the government are simply wrong.

The Controlled Waste (England and Wales) Regulatons 2012 states that: .. notwithstanding the place where it is produced… waste from construction or demoliton works, including preparatory works …. must be treated for the purposes of Part 2 of the EPA (which includes S51) … as industrial waste. See Schedule 1 para 3 item 9.

Domestic DIY waste which is waste from construction (plasterboard, old fitted cupboards, floor tiles, rubble etc) is therefore legally “industrial waste” not “household waste” and can be charged for at council run Household Waste Recycling Centres.

It is the waste regulations introduced by DEFRA that have allowed councils to levy these charges. They should rescind them instead of just blaming councils.

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Peter Silverman
17th July 2019


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