Source: Chichester Observer

New charges to dispose of household DIY waste at West Sussex rubbish tips have been ruled ‘illegal’ by the Government, a Tory county councillor says. A £4 charge to throw away a bag of non-household waste such as soil, hardcore, DIY or plasterboard was introduced by the Conservative-controlled West Sussex County Council at its Household Waste and Recycling Sites in October as part of cost-cutting measures.

Storrington and Sullington Parish Council wrote to Government ministers urging them to offer financial help to authorities so they do not have to introduce such charges.

In its reply the Department for Communities and Local Government stated that ‘waste disposal sites should not be charging for household DIY waste in any rate’.

The letter added: “Local authorities can of course charge for disposal of non-household waste such as car tyres, and construction and demolition waste at waste disposal sites.

“However, household waste generated by DIY should be disposed of without a charge.”

Read more at: Chichester Observer

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