Derbyshire tip charges removed by new Conservative leadership

The Waterswallows Waste and Recycling Site
The Waterswallows Waste and Recycling Site

Charges for residents taking building and demolition waste to Derbyshire County Council’s nine household waste recycling centres have been removed.

Charges were introduced on Monday 3 April 2017 to help pay Derbyshire’s £37.2m waste bill each year.

Residents were required to pay £3 per standard rubble sack to take soil, bricks, rubble and ceramics such as bathroom furniture and tiles to the centres.

But the fees were withdrawn from Saturday following the county elections and a change of administration on Friday.

The charges were removed in response to a Government announcement about current guidance for councils which is to be reviewed to make sure it reflects changes in the law and to make clear what can and cannot be charged for at recycling centres – including DIY waste.

The previous policy of accepting a maximum of 50kg – the equivalent of two 25kg sacks – of building and demolition waste per visit was reinstated by using emergency powers held by the chief executive.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member Designate for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Residents across the county can take all their waste to our nine recycling centres for free once again.

He added: “Reversing charges at recycling centres is straight-forward common sense. It’s the service Derbyshire tax-payers expect and it’s the right thing to do to protect our countryside and local communities.

“But abolishing the charges is just the start. We’ll be working with district and borough councils across the county to rid Derbyshire of the fly-tipping that blights our communities even further.”