CHANGES to rubbish tips including charges for bags of rubble, bricks and asbestos will go ahead despite fears this will lead to an increase in fly-tipping.
Sean Woodward, the executive member for economy, environment and transport signed off a raft of changes to Household Waste and Recycling Centres at his decision day yesterday in a bid to save the council £1m.
He also agreed that some centres will operate on reduced opening hours from April 1 and that some quieter sites will be closed for one day during the week.
He said: ‘Hampshire County Council is having to make £100m savings by March 2015 and the Household Waste Recycling service is part of this review.
‘We have been working hard to devise a service that fits a more effective business model as well as reflecting people’s user habits and views.’
However, The Campaign to Protect Rural England, a charity which protects countryside and rural communities, has expressed concern that these changes will encourage people to dump their waste illegally.
Chairman Dee Haas said: ‘CPRE Hampshire wants to see an end to fly-tipping. We think that these proposed additional charges, including for hazardous waste, will only make the problem worse as people will use the countryside as a free waste tip.’
Lib Dem opposition leader Keith House also said he feared fly-tipping will increase and that this was just a way for the county council to pass costs to district and borough councils, which would have to pay to clear away any fly-tipped waste.
Cllr Woodward said he had taken into account a consultation that drew 6,478 responses, which was why he was not closing any sites.
He said that any changes to opening hours will go back before a select committee to be debated on before they are brought in and that a fund would be set up so district and borough councils could apply for money should they see an increase in fly-tipping due to the changes.
The changes, which will be in place by April, will see tighter trade waste service, an enforcement officer brought in to deal with customers and the council working closely with charities to recycle more.
It is hoped the charges for DIY waste, such as bags of rubble, bricks, soil and asbestos sheets, which currently costs the council around £1m to deal with, will provide most of the savings the council needs.
Cllr Woodward said: ‘No householder will be expected to pay for taking any waste to the centres that would normally have been allowed in their domestic waste collection such as recycling, green garden waste or residual waste.’