A number of residents contacted me following the Council’s announcement to charge residents for taking inert waste to the recycling/sort sites in Leeds as they had seen an article in the Sunday Times in respect of these charges. Set out below is the response I received from the Council officers:

“In response to the enquiry, we’re aware of Central Government’s position on this and their desire to see DIY wastes accepted free of charge at Council recycling sites. They stated an intention back in April last year to provide further guidance on this issue and to potentially seek to amend legislation if required. However, although this intention was simply restated in the wider Government consultation on tackling waste crime and poor performance, the promised guidance hasn’t been forthcoming, and this will still not change the current legislative position.

 Our position is that these building type wastes do not fall within the ‘household waste’ definition due to their nature, and that we are therefore able to charge for them, as do many other authorities. We appreciate that this is not something that will be embraced by Central Government, but since we believe we are acting consistent with legislation, and in light of the current financial pressures for the Council and the need to provide savings to safeguard other services, we intend to proceed.”