Hampshire council faces legal fight over DIY waste

Hampshire County Council could face a legal battle over its charges for DIY waste at recycling centres.

The news comes after the authority introduced fees on 1 October for materials classed as ‘DIY construction waste’, including soil and plasterboard.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said that DIY waste generated by householders should be disposed of without a charge. However, Hampshire County Council has insisted that the charges were needed to cover the cost of disposing the waste.

Councillor Rob Humby, who is in charge of environmental issues commented: "We think it is construction waste as set out in the policy. It certainly could end up in a legal battle. We hope we don't get there, and come to a resolution.”

The council is currently seeking ‘clarity’ from the DCLG on the interpretation of the policy.