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Council considers charging for bulky and DIY waste services

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016

VIEWS are being sought on Leicester City Council proposals to introduce charges for bulky waste collections and the disposal of household DIY waste.

Currently, all city households can request a free kerbside collection of up to five items of bulky waste, and free collection of up to 15 bags of garden waste, once every two months.

Extra, or larger collections, are also offered at a charge. This is currently £15 for up to 15 items, or £50 for between 16 to 30 items.

Around 36,000 bulky waste collections are carried out in a typical year, at an annual cost to the council of around £360,000.

With continued pressures on council budgets, the council is proposing to end the free service and charge for all bulky waste collections.

In addition, charges could also be introduced for dropping off some types of DIY waste at the city’s two recycling centres. Last year, over 8,500 tonnes of plasterboard, rubble and wood was deposited in this way. Its disposal costs the council around £200,000 per year.

People would still be able to drop off general waste and recyclables, such as clothes, glass and garden waste, at the city's recycling centres without charge.

The recycling sites would continue to accept asbestos free of charge.

A public consultation on the proposals has been launched today (17 October).

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “The financial pressure on local councils is severe and we need to look hard at all areas to see where further savings can be made.

“Many other local authorities are already charging for similar services, and this is something we now need to look at carefully to ensure that we can continue to provide a first-rate waste collection service.

“We know that these services are valued and well-used, and it is important that we consult fully before introducing any changes.”

The consultation runs until Sunday, 27 November, and is available online at www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay