Green light given to DIY tip charges

Preston Houshold Waste Recycling Centre on Tom Benson Way, Ingol

Preston Houshold Waste Recycling Centre on Tom Benson Way, Ingol

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Controversial plans to limit the amount of DIY rubbish householders can dump at council-run tips have been approved.

Lancashire County Council needs to save £315m by April 2018 because of government cuts.

The new policy is designed to save the authority £750,000 a year from dealing with waste such as soil, rubble and plasterboard.

Under the changes next year, residents would have to apply for a free permit allowing them to dispose of up to 10 25kg bags of DIY waste a year.

A charge of £3.50 for every further 25kg would then be applied.

Coun Janice Hanson, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Waste, has now approved the move.

A report to the county council says: “The impacts of the policy, both operationally and financially, are extremely difficult to forecast and subject to a number of variable factors.

“Whilst there is very little risk that the proposal will not prove beneficial, given the uncertain impacts of the policy it is recommended that the policy and rates charged be reviewed every 12 months.”

The move has already caused anger amongst Evening Post readers. One said on our website: “Fly tipping will increase, and so it will cost the council to shift it.”

Another said: “The same amount of DIY building waste will still be generated but a lot of it will then most likely be dumped at the side of country lanes.”

The council agreed in 2013 to consider placing limits on and charging for certain waste types, which they said would help maintain a “good quality service within a tighter budget”.

A council spokesman said the disposal of DIY wastes which include rubble, soil and plasterboard, amongst others, wasn’t a statutory duty and proved expensive for the authority.