DIY enthusiasts across Leicestershire are being reminded of new waste charges that come into force next month.
From Wednesday, May 4, anyone visiting the 14 recycling and household waste sites across the county will have to pay to dispose of some DIY waste.
The charges are being introduced as part of a package of measures to help save Leicestershire County Council up to £670,000 per year from its waste budget.
We’re having to make difficult choices across the authority in order to make savings of £78 million over the next four years.
The charges we’re introducing are for non-household waste only. We recognise it is going to take some getting used to and have tried to make the charges as simple as possible to help with this.Person:Joanna Guyll, Assistant Director for environment and waste
Example charges include:
- Hardcore, rubble and soil - £3 per tub (or part tub)*
- Concrete slab/post - £3 each
- Bathroom furniture (Bath, basin, toilet, shower tray, etc) - £3 per item or per tub (or part tub)*
- Roof tiles, slates, ceramic wall and floor tiles - £3 per tub (or part tub)*
- Whole sheets or broken window glass - £3 per unit or per tub (or part tub)*
- Plasterboard - £3 per sheet up to 1.8 x 0.9m, or per tub (or part tub)*
- Asbestos - £10 per sheet up to 2.4 x 1.2m, or per tub (or part tub)*
*A tub is roughly the size of a large bucket.
Payment can only be made on site, by credit or debit card. Cash and cheques will not be accepted.
Changes to the sites’ opening hours have already been introduced. All sites are now open five days a week and have summer and winter opening hours.
From April to September, the sites open from 9am until 7pm and from October to March, 9am to 4pm. All are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Kibworth, Lount, Lutterworth, Melton, Mountsorrel, Shepshed and Whetstone are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday.
Barwell, Bottesford, Coalville, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Oadby and Somerby are closed on Thursday and Friday.
More information on the changes is available online, or ring 0116 305 0001.