As councils struggle to find funding they are turning to (not entirely) new ways of raising revenues.
From 1st April 2013, Wandsworth Council in London has introduced charges for domestic customers using vans to bring industrial wastes to the tip. Industrial wastes include DIY-type waste such as tiles, windows, doors, timber and wooden flooring, bricks, rubble, paving, stones and hardcore, bathroom suites and fittings, fencing, sheds, kitchen units and fittings, soil and turf.
Residents are treated as trade users and are weighed in and out of the site, they are then charged for the materials that they tip at the site.
When it comes to waste, the idea is to minimise the amount produced, then reuse it or recycle it. The last option is disposal through landfill. The ‘waste hierarchy’ has formed the basis of waste management strategies since the 1980s, if not earlier and has become an accepted feature of European Community waste policy. The focus of the waste hierarchy is to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and being permanently removed from the waste cycle and the possibility of recycling.
Enforcement officers from the Environment Agency are cracking down on people who aren’t authorised to carry waste. Under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011, anyone who carries waste must be registered as a licensed waste carrier.
People who often get caught out include tradesmen such as builders, plumbers, joiners taking waste materials from a job back to their premises to be disposed of into a skip.
Some examples of wastes from construction / demolition works include:
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Fines for non-licensed waste carriers, are you registered?
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