Charges on the way for disposing of rubble, soil, plasterboard and tyres at recycling sites

Disposal charges are to be introduced for rubble, soil, plasterboard, asbestos and tyres at East Sussex household waste recycling sites (HWRS), including the one at Maresfield on the outskirts of Uckfield.

The proposal was agreed at yesterday’s (June 26) meeting of the county council’s Cabinet.

Officials will set the charges to ensure they cover the disposal costs incurred by the county council. It is thought charges will amount to a few pounds for the specified items.

Saving money

The introduction of charges and a reduction in opening times at some sites – not Maresfield – is designed as a cost-cutting measure.

“The council, which has already made savings of around £112 million this decade, needs to make savings of £17m in 2018/19 and will need to continue to make further significant savings for the foreseeable future,” an official report states.

“At the same time we need to protect services for the most vulnerable. [The] county council agreed in February a reduction of £720,000 in the waste budget to help meet this target.”

36 types of waste remain free

A report to the meeting continued:

Residents are able to bring 36 different types of waste and recycling to the sites free of charge, but not all of these are classified as household waste.

“The Controlled Waste Regulations (2012) specifies that waste from construction or demolition works is industrial waste, irrespective of where it is produced.

“Other waste types such as automotive waste are also not household waste.

“Residents do not generate these wastes as often as general waste and recycling. Very often these non-household wastes can be a by-product of a landscaping, repair or building project.”

Waste types that are not household waste include :

  • Rubble and soil
  • Plasterboard
  • Tyres
  • Asbestos

The councillors are told the disposal charges would align East Sussex County Council’s HWRS service with nearby authorities such as Surrey County Council and Hampshire County Council, who both charge for non-household waste.

The recommendations for the closure of a part-time disposal site at Forest Row was also agreed.

From our files:

Uckfield Town Council: attack on plan to introduce charges

Did you know?

Each East Sussex household produces about a tonne of waste and recycling every year.

East Sussex household waste recycling sites receive 1.6 million visits per year and handle about a quarter of the total waste that East Sussex residents produce.

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