Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Anne Snelgrove Anne Snelgrove PPS (Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State), Department of Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average charge each local authority made for bulk waste doorstep collection in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The data requested are not held centrally.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA), waste collection authorities (WCA) are able to charge households for the collection of some wastes prescribed by the Secretary of State as listed in the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992. This includes any article which exceeds 25 kilograms in weight or any article that does not fit, or cannot be fitted, into the receptacle provided. However, section 45 (3) of the EPA restricts the amount that can be charged by the WCA for the service.

In practice, many local authorities provide a free household collection service for bulky waste, or make provision for those on low incomes.

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