Devon County Council will be introducing charges for certain types of non-household waste taken to their recycling centres.
The county council is legally obliged to provide recycling centres for household waste to be accepted free of charge, but it does not have to accept non-household waste such as soil, rubble, plasterboard, asbestos or tyres.
Previously the council accepted limited amounts of non-household waste as part of their services to residents in the county. However, last year, it cost the council over £1 million to handle non-household waste. Instead of cutting the service, it now wants householders disposing of this type of waste to pay towards the cost.
The charges, to be introduced from Friday April 1, will be:
£2 per bag of soil/rubble, which could contain brick, block, stone, tiles, paving slabs, concrete posts or sanitary ware for example
£2 per tyre
£7 per bag, or sheet, of plasterboard
£20 per bag, or sheet, of asbestos