Harlow residents reminded of limits on waste take to tip

Communities / Mon 10th Aug 2015 at 11:39am

River Way HarlowRESIDENTS are being reminded of the limits on waste taken to the County’s Recycling Centres for Household Waste (RCHWs).

Limits are in place for some construction waste such as soil and hardcore. Residents can deposit up to the equivalent of three wheel barrow loads (one car boot full with the seats up) every 28 days.

Safeguarding the future of RCHWs and ensuring best value for money to the taxpayer is at the heart of existing waste limitations. To accept unlimited amounts of construction waste at the RCHWs would leave the sites open to unlawful disposal of commercial waste at a high cost to the taxpayer.

Receiving high volumes of construction waste can also cause some operational difficulties, particularly on smaller sites which have to temporarily close to replace containers.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Waste and Recycling said: “Limits are in place to stop unlawful disposal of commercial waste at the RCHWs at the expense of the taxpayer, whilst still providing the facility for residents to dispose of their DIY waste when carrying out ad-hoc work at home.

“Recycling Centres are vital to communities and have greatly helped with increasing the county’s excellent recycling record. Safeguarding their future is critical and therefore we need to ensure we offer the most efficient service and the best deal to residents by reducing the costs.”

A recent review has shown that many of the RCHWs have recorded uneven quantities of construction waste materials and irregular costs to dispose of it. In 2013 the tonnage of soil, hardcore, plasterboard and ceramic waste increased by 11.14 per cent compared to 2012, again in 2014 the same collected material waste saw an increase of 22.97 per cent.

Businesses, including tradespeople are reminded that depositing their business waste at a RCHW is a criminal offence. Persons found to be in breach of this may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

To find out more about waste limits at RCHWs go to www.essex.gov.uk/recyclingcentres or phone 0845 603 7625.

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