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Charges on leaving DIY waste at Norfolk tips start today

PUBLISHED: 09:44 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 02 April 2018

Fly tipping near Thetford last year. It is believed new tip charges could lead to an increase in the crime. Picture: Jerry Stone

Fly tipping near Thetford last year. It is believed new tip charges could lead to an increase in the crime. Picture: Jerry Stone

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Today is the day Norfolk residents will have to start paying to dump their DIY waste at the county’s tips.

Norfolk County Council has introduced new charges, starting from April 1, for anyone taking DIY rubbish to its 20 waste recycling centres.

While the move is expected to save the council about £280,000, fears have been raised the charges could lead to an increase in fly-tipping in rural areas as some people try to evade the toll.

Charges include £5 for each sack of non-recyclable rubbish, £3 per 80 litre bag of rubble and £4 a car tyre.

Charges for DIY waste at recycling centres across Norfolk started on April 1. Picture: STUART ANDERSONCharges for DIY waste at recycling centres across Norfolk started on April 1. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Up until the end of March, anyone taking a small amount of waste to a tip could leave it for free.

What will I have to pay for?

DIY construction and demolition waste that will be charged for from April 1 2018:

• Timber - including kitchen units, fitted furniture, doors, laminate flooring and floorboards, sheds, fence panels, decking, garden structures

Charges for DIY waste are to be introduced at Norfolk tips. Getty Images/iStockphotoCharges for DIY waste are to be introduced at Norfolk tips. Getty Images/iStockphoto

• Rubble - including sinks, toilets, bricks, concrete, stones, tiles

• Flat glass - including glass from windows and doors, greenhouses, shower screens

• Plasterboard - all plasterboard and plaster

• General waste - including roofing felt, plastic guttering, fibreglass insulation

Ketteringham Recycling Centre.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYKetteringham Recycling Centre. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

What do you think?

Do you agree with the council’s plan to save money by making us pay for waste disposals? Or do you think the new charges are ‘rubbish’? Submit your comments to reporter Stuart Anderson at stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk or call him on 01263 513920

MORE: Reader letter: Expect more flytipping damage

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