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Cornwall Council to introduce charges for waste disposal

Appalling decision by the council. Bound to result in much less recycling as people will start burning and dumping their waste where ever they can, rather than pay to have it recycled.
Unbelievably stupid!

Cornwall Council to introduce charges for waste disposal
By Western Morning News | Posted: July 19, 2014

Cornwall Council will charge for collection of certain household waste items

New documents have revealed a Westcountry council’s plans to introduce fees for the disposal of rubbish.

Leaked to the press, the Cornwall County Council policy documents outline a range of new charges for collecting items of household waste.

Under the new regulations, items such as soil or rubble will cost £1.75 per sack, while tyres will see a charge of £3.20 each. Asbestos will cost over £10 per sheet to dispose of.

The plans have led some councillors to raise concerns about fly tipping and the unfair impact that the new policy would have on people with lower incomes.

“There is no question or doubt about it - there will be an increase in fly tipping,” said Cornwall councillor for Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, Mark Kaczmarek.

“People just will not pay this because they do not have the means of paying extra to dispose of these types of waste.”

Approximately £485,000 will be made from the charges, which councillor Kaczmarek said will just be spent clearing up the extra waste that is fly-tipped.

“The cost of clearing up the fly tipping will be colossal, £300,000 a year is already spent on clearing it up and I anticipate that, should these charges come in, then fly-tipping will increase by a third.

“We should be encouraging people to use the waste recycling centres so rubbish is disposed of in the correct place.”

But councillor Bert Biscoe, cabinet member for transport and waste, defended the new measures.

“The council does not have a statutory duty to dispose of these types of waste free of charge, and many other local authorities throughout the country apply charges similarly,” he said.

“While we accept that the introduction of charges may not be welcomed by some, the scale of the cuts in our funding from the Government means that we have to look at ways to reduce our costs where ever possible.”

The new charges are set to commence on Monday September 1.

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