Changes to charges at Household Waste Recycling Centres

As of Monday September 4, there will be a charge for disposing of soil, rubble, ceramics, plasterboard and tyres at Newtown Road and Padworth Recycling Centres.

These items are classified as non-household waste which the council has no statutory obligation to accept at its recycling centres. By implementing these charges it will allow the sites to continue to accept these discretionary types of waste.

Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire Council’s Executive Member for Environment said:

‘Non household waste items are expensive to dispose of and this contribution by residents will enable us to continue to provide this service rather than withdrawing it completely. The charges are non-profit making and will provide a good value, accessible service for our residents. Other neighbouring council-run facilities have already introduced charges to dispose of occasional non-household waste.’

The disposal containers for all of these materials will be placed together at each site within a fenced area with clear signage relating to costs. The prices displayed are based on a full vehicle load and the charge payable will be proportionally altered if the load is less. The capacity of a vehicle will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be subject to site staff discretion.

The charges contribute towards the cost of disposal of the material only and do not cover the full costs incurred by the Council.

Household waste will still be accepted without charge including items such as electrical items, wood and bric-a-brac at both recycling centres. Bulky household waste such as furniture, carpets and black bag waste will also still be free of charge at Newtown Road Recycling Centre.

Residents must clearly display their Recycling Centre permit to access either site.

Payments can only be made with credit or debit cards (we cannot accept American Express) and will be taken by the member of staff on site before disposal can take place.

For more information and a full list of charges visit www.westberks.gov.uk/HWRCcharges

Tony Hiller

Technical and Digital Experience Manager for Kennet Radio.

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