Denbighshire residents disposing of household waste at the council’s recycling centres will have to pay £30 to scrap a trailer of wood.
Other charges include £20 for a trailer of rubble, £35 for large gas canisters, £12 for a sheet of plasterboard and £4 for a used car tyre.
Yesterday councillors voted to increase council tax by 2.95% after voting against a 0% increase.
The charges will apply at Denbighshire County Council’s recycling centres at Ruthin, Denbigh and Rhyl.
Bryson Recycling, who already manage sites in Conwy county, will take over the running of the three sites in April.
The charges mostly relate to DIY-type waste, such as soil, rubble, plasterboard, wood and timber, asbestos, tyres and gas bottles.
The charges are:
Hardcore & Rubble, DIY Construction, Waste, Soil
£2.00 per bag* (£20 per trailer)
One bag per customer free (up to 20kg)
Includes items such as breeze blocks, bricks, ceramics, concrete, tiles, flagstones, gravel,, slate, soil, sand, stones and tarmac.
Wood and timber £4.00 per bag (5kg – 20kg), £30.00 per trailer load
Less than 5kg free of charge
DIY or construction wood includes fitted furniture, doors and kitchen cabinets; fences, sheds, flooring and decking
Asbestos (Bonded asbestos only).
£12.50 per bag or sheet. Asbestos must be double bagged/wrapped in plastic
Residents advised not to break into smaller pieces or cut/saw it.
Plasterboard £12.00 per bag or sheet or £30 per trailer
Plasterboard should be dry and not mixed with other materials
Gas canisters £6.00 each up to 10kg
£11.00 each 10kg – 20kg
£35.00 each larger than 20kg specialist gas canisters.
Completely empty gas bottles only.
Tyres (Motor Vehicles & Motorbikes only) £4.00 eac.h Commercial and agricultural vehicle tyres will not be accepted. No charge for bicycle tyres
Plastic Windows £3.00 each. With or without glass. Single pane window only (double charge for multiple pane plastic windows)
Plastic Door orDoor frame £3.00 each. With or without glass. Single door or door frame only (double charge for double door)
Bath or shower tray £3.00 per item Single bath or shower tray only (plastic, fibre or composite)
Insulation Material £3.00 per bag or bag equivalent.
Products such as mineral wool and fibreglass insulation
Roofing Felt £3.00 per bag
Plastic downpipe gutteringor fascia £3.00 up to 5 pieces, £6 up to 10 pieces
A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council defended the decision: “The decision to embark on a joint procurement exercise with Conwy County Borough Council was made by the Council’s Cabinet in 2020 and Cabinet gave its approval to award the new contract in October 2021.
“The new contract was also put through the Council’s scrutiny process and all members of the Council had the chance to input into the new policy.
“When the new service starts in April, charges will only apply for DIY and construction waste which is classified as industrial waste. There will be no charge for household waste created in the day to day running of households.
“The Council is not required to accept DIY and construction materials for disposal, but we have chosen to continue to accept this waste at our Household Recycling Centres, with a small charge to cover the costs of handling and disposal.
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“The new policy will provide residents with an additional option for the disposal of DIY and construction materials, as we currently only accept small amounts of such waste at our sites. Residents can bring this waste to us and it will be disposed of responsibly and where possible recycled or prepared for reuse.
“In future, we will accept larger quantities of such waste for a reasonable fee, which will offer a competitive alternative to hiring a private skip.
“The charge covers the costs of handling and disposal of the industrial waste only, and therefore removes a cost to the Council which had previously been impacting on the service’s budget.”
He added: “The new contract will also focus more on re-use initiatives both on site and in the community, in order to help reduce the carbon footprint of the waste residents bring to us.”
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