Charges proposed for tipping building waste

Slough Borough Council’s Scrutiny Committee is set to discuss a proposal to introduce charges for certain types of waste being dumped at Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC).

The proposal will initially be discussed at Scrutiny at their meeting on 8 September, before being taken to Cabinet on 19 September for a decision. 

If approved, building-type waste would all incur charges for people to dispose of them at the tip from 1 November. 

The kinds of waste being proposed for charges includes:

  • kitchens and bathrooms
  • timber including flooring, fencing and decking
  • rubble, paving slabs and concrete
  • windows and doors
  • plasterboard
  • tyres
  • water tanks and boilers
  • fireplaces, chimney pots and similar.

The charges proposed range from £3.20 to £26.50 per item. 

Councillor Mohammed Nazir, lead member for transport and the local environment, said: “All local authorities now have the power to charge for waste that comes from a house but is not classified as normal household rubbish. 

“More than a year ago, our neighbour Buckinghamshire introduced charges at their centres in Burnham and Langley which are right on our boundary and many other councils have done the same. 

“Unfortunately, a few Bucks residents, in an attempt to get around the charges have been bringing this type of rubbish to Chalvey and tipping it for free; free for them but unfortunately not for our taxpayers who are picking up the tab for its disposal. 

“We are proposing a new set of charges from November this year which brings Chalvey HWRC in line with its neighbours; charging only those minority of people who wish to dispose of these certain types of waste and relieving the burden from other taxpayers.”

He added: “All usual refuse and recycling items can continue to be tipped for free by local residents – but we would encourage everyone to try and reuse, give away to charities or the needy or recycle items before bringing them down. 

“In this way, we can all play our part in reducing waste and improving the environment for everyone.”

The full report to Scrutiny and a link to watch the meeting live on 8 September can be found at the Place Scrutiny Panel webpage

Published: 31 August 2022