Recycling centres to be banned from charging for household waste

DCLG claims some councils are charging residents to drop waste at local recycling centres and is planning to ban the practice

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) wants to stop English councils charging residents to drop off waste at local recycling centres.

In a consultation published on 22 January, the government says it “believes residents deserve a comprehensive waste and recycling service” but some councils are imposing charges by the “backdoor”.

DCLG says the government “understands the local authorities in question deem these centres ‘discretionary’ so outside requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990”, but it is “seriously concerned” that such charges will result in increased fly-tipping and backyard burning, and make recycling harder for ordinary people. It is not provide any examples of councils where this is happening.

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