Cornwall Council is set to introduce new charges for the disposal of waste.
A new policy document, which has been leaked to the press, outlines various new charges for collecting items of household waste, which has led one councillor to fear an increase in fly-tipping.
Items such as soil or rubble, which include bricks and tiles, will cost £1.75 per sack, while tyres will see a charge of £3.20 each. Asbestos will cost over £10 per sheet to dispose of.
Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall councillor for Carharrack, Gwennap and St Day, attacked the new waste policy, saying people on the lowest wages were going to be hit hardest.
He said: “People just will not pay this because they do not have the means of paying extra to dispose of these types of waste.
“There is no question or doubt about it - there will be an increase in fly tipping.”
But Bert Biscoe, cabinet member for transport and waste, defended the move.
“The council does not have a statutory duty to dispose of these types of waste free of charge, and many other local authorities throughout the country apply charges similarly.
“While we accept that the introduction of charges may not be welcomed by some, the scale of the cuts in our funding from the Government means that we have to look at ways to reduce our costs where ever possible.”
Approximately £485,000 will be made from the charges, which according to Mr Kaczmarek, will just be spent clearing up the extra waste that is fly-tipped.
“The cost of clearing up the fly tipping will be colossal, £300,000 a year is already spent on clearing it up and I anticipate that, should these charges come in, then fly-tipping will increase by a third.
“We should be encouraging people to use the waste recycling centres so rubbish is disposed of in the correct place. There has been no consultation and it’s gone through a small working party without consulting local members.”
The new charges are set to commence on Monday September 1.