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Cornwall Council to charge for waste disposal

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

Flly-tipping will increase it hs been claimed

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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.

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  • break  |  July 20 2014, 8:23PM

    Everything CC does is the opposite of what it should do for us, I can't help but wonder if its trying to ruin Cornwall deliberately. I still wonder what the unitary bit stands for in Cornwall Council, I think they mean uniary.

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  • POStIves  |  July 20 2014, 4:55PM

    Fly tipping has always been a problem, if councillors think by charging to dispose of waste will improve the problem, they must be short of marbles. When Penwith ( remember the days of district councils) were in charge, Biffa as part of the councils plan on fly tipping, had skips posted in various areas on certain days to collect waste. It worked! All I have seen from Cornwall council is excuses and higher charges, perhaps they will employ another consultant at £1000 a day to come up with another plan to save money.

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  • Dantwo  |  July 19 2014, 6:01PM

    Correction: For 'ConDems' read 'LibLabCon'. I think that makes my posting more accurate.

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  • Penzanceman  |  July 19 2014, 3:57PM

    Well said Dantwo - in fact all the comments posted make good points. What you identify Dantwo is what we call 'progress'. And it's not just the ConDems, Labour played its part in the downward spiral.

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  • Dantwo  |  July 19 2014, 2:09PM

    It is clear to me that under the ConDems the county has taken a huge step backwards. Precious fields are being developed without any significant changes in infrastructure and, of course, the promised jobs aren't happening. Then there's payments to both officers and councillors. Officer pay is, in my opinion, quite obscene given their lack of expertise or accountability. Then councillors are getting more money than they ever did in the past. Chair a committee and you're quids in. Even more if you're a portfolio holder. What really says it all it that towns like Penzance have shut half their toilets and those that are open would be more suited to the third world. Whatever way you look at it, forty years ago we were far better off, the churches and chapels were full. in short we had communities. Now all we have is continuous round of cut, cut, cut.

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  • Trecurnow  |  July 19 2014, 1:49PM

    Tyres have successfully been used to construct reefs to protect the coastline in many countries. The rapid concretion increases the bio diversity of the seas where they are installed.

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  • josdave  |  July 19 2014, 12:44PM

    It will lead to an increase in fly-tipping because the fines handed out to those caught are much lower than the cost of disposing of the waste legally. Make the fines really high enough to be a deterrent to some and any caught as well as the hefty fine name and shame them. What right do they have to turn areas of our country into eyesores?

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  • rickoon  |  July 19 2014, 11:47AM

    "There is no question or doubt about it - there will be an increase in fly tipping."…..No doubt this is a possibility but there are always the travellers to blame. The time has come to pay your way, keep relying on handouts and living above ones means, be it councils or individuals is a road to disaster, time to reflect, have council taxes been spent wisely? For example bilingual road signs the promoting of a new Cornish language not forgetting the effort by the council to get people to put Cornish on their census forms, all this and many more unnecessary extravagances all have to be paid for.

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  • twofeetofsnow  |  July 19 2014, 10:58AM

    Here's an idea Bert, save money by not employing CEOs on ridiculous salaries, there are plenty of councillors who could do the job without needing a resettlement payout, expenses that top the wages of most Cornish people and a golden handshake when they have had enough. Save money by making the right decisions, not by punishing the people you work for.

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  July 19 2014, 9:15AM

    "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.".....................Which raises the simple question, Who do these councilors represent, US, or the Government?

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