Councils throughout the United Kingdom are finding different ways to handle waste disposal. Every year, councils spend millions of pounds each on waste management. Many deal with issues of illegal dumping and a lack of household recycling efforts. The introduction of fees and restructuring of waste services are several ways in which councils are dealing with waste disposal problems.
Before going any further, start with how does waste disposal work in the UK? by Map Waste. This will give you a good understanding of the waste prevention programme.
Implementing Disposal Fees
Many councils throughout the UK are introducing charges for building, construction, and DIY household waste disposal. People who are dumping materials like soil, plasterboard, and bathroom tiles could face extra charges for these items at recycling centres. For example, Derbyshire County Council plans to charge £3 per standard rubble sack disposed of at its recycling centres.
In opposition to the implementation of such fees, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) vows to challenge councils who introduce them. There is some concern that the implementation of fees will encourage fly-tipping, which is already a major problem in some areas. Fly-tipping is illegal, but it is a common problem in many areas.
Changing Waste Services
In order to alleviate the burden of rising energy-from-waste (EfW) and landfill waste costs, a single-tier waste disposal and collection service is being implemented in Surrey. As one of the many counties facing rising costs of waste disposal, Surrey councils recognise the need to work together to lower these costs. The single-tier system will transfer core waste disposal functions to a joint waste service that might save Surrey up to £12 million per year. Value and services are expected to improve with the implementation of this new plan.
Reducing Open Days at Recycling Centres
Some counties, like Hampshire, are reducing the number of open days and hours for their recycling centres. In Hampshire, recycling centres are now closed every Thursday and open two hours later. They now open at 11 AM instead of 9 AM. The recycling centres also shortened their daily hours during winter months. Businesses are also restricted from dumping trade waste at recycling centres on the weekends.
Waste disposal is an issue faced in every county in the United Kingdom. County councils are continuing to develop plans for cutting waste disposal costs while still trying to encourage recycling. The effectiveness of these newly-forming plans is not yet determined. Only time will tell whether individuals and businesses will positively respond to these changes in recycling methods.