UK Councils set to raise waste collection costs

UK Councils set to raise waste collection costs


Nearly one million cases of fly-tipping have been reported between 2017-2018 and councils could soon be charging for this.

Across the UK, they are also facing murky waters with a £3.2bn gap in funding, which is pushing the prices, according to The Local Government Association.

‘Bulk waste’ covers household electrical items; televisions, fridges, freezers and similar items which exceed 25kg, items many councils once disposed of for free.

Hiring the rubbish disposable vehicle, admin support to organise the service and the salaries of the crew are reasons for the cost, according to one borough.

Everyone pays differently due to the socio-economic profile of the UK’s neighbourhoods, it’s this issue of cost which presents challenges for finding a workable and fair system. Some householders face a wait of up to ten weeks in Lincolnshire, compared to London boroughs.

Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science & Associate Dean (Enterprise), University of Southampton commented:

“In a relatively affluent area, you are likely to have a lower density population (i.e. bigger properties with gardens) and hence fewer occupants per square mile. Therefore a council could be swamped by requests for bulky waste collection in one place and have an easier time of it in another”.

The charges could create a ‘false economy’, instead local authorities should instead invest time into alternative ‘incentives’ to encourage people not to fly-tip.

The South of England charges three times more for waste collection than the North East.

For example, there is a scheme in Liverpool called ‘Bulky Bob’ which has carried out free waste collections for twenty years or Lincoln’s complimentary service for disabled, unlike the South.

Data from local authorities collated by the BBC revealed the extent of inconsistency with council’s in Southern England charging a staggering £16.60, whilst the North East pay £5.40.

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