Council introduces charge for building type waste

Aligning with the policies of its neighbouring councils, Leeds City Council is to introduce a charge residents looking to dispose of certain types of household rubbish at their local waste sorting site.

Leeds has not previously charged for these types of waste but announced the plan for charges in February 2017 as part of its budget proposals for 2017/18, and will include items not considered to be regular household waste, such as rubble, plasterboard, soil and also tyres.

Payments will be made at the sites by debit or credit card using a secure card payment machine.

Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member for Sustainability and Environment, said: “With further financial pressures on the council year on year, the decision to bring Leeds in line with other local authorities and start charging for non-standard household waste at our sorting sites means we will be able to continue to offer this service. The council will make no profit whatsoever from the new charges. This will instead provide a reduction in our high waste disposal costs, and will enable other essential services to be protected.”