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Charges for non-household materials at waste and recycling centre

From Monday 17 November, visitors to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Nuffield Road wanting to dispose of asbestos, plasterboard, gas canisters, tyres, soil and rubble, including DIY waste, will be required to pay a small charge.

Last year Borough of Poole spent more than £55,000 on the disposal of these non-household waste materials collected at the HWRC. Due to changes in landfill tax, the cost of disposal of soil and rubble alone will increase from £5,000 to £35,000 a year.

A charge can only be made for the disposal of materials classed as non-household waste. The disposal of other household waste and recycling at the facility will remain free of charge for local residents.

Charges will include £1.50 for a bag of soil and rubble, £2.50 for a bag of plasterboard and £6 for a bag of asbestos. It will cost £6 to dispose of a small gas canister, £11 for a medium canister and £35 for large canisters. In addition the disposal of car or motorbike tyres will cost £5 each.

The plans, approved by Cabinet on 15 July, will save the council £50,000 a year as it looks to close a £12.6 million funding gap in its budget up to 2018. Cabinet also granted delegation to the Head of Service to set the prices for the chargeable materials, which are based on current disposal costs and are subject to change in line with changes in market values.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Borough of Poole, said: "The council, and therefore our council taxpayers, incur a significant cost as a result of people disposing of non-household materials at our waste and recycling centre. However, the size of the financial challenge faced by the council unfortunately means we have no option but to introduce a reasonable charge for this service.

"Several other local authorities already charge for non-household materials at waste and recycling sites and we will only look to introduce charges that reflect other local options for disposal."

For further information about services at Poole's Household Waste and Recycling Centre go to boroughofpoole.com/nuffield or call 01202 261700.