In recent years, there has been discussion over local authorities charging residents to deposit DIY-type waste at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). This has been covered in the national and local press, and Defra committed to review the issue in their Resources and Waste Strategy. One frequently raised concern is that the introduction of a charge for DIY-type waste could result in an increase of people illegally dumping (fly-tipping) their waste. It is therefore important to understand whether there is an association between higher rates of fly-tipping and charges at HWRCs.
In this study, fly-tipping rates were compared between local authorities that charge, or do not charge, for householders to deposit DIY-type waste (for example: rubble, sanitaryware or plasterboard) at HWRCs. This report summarises the process and results of the research, in order to determine whether the introduction of charges for DIY type waste at HWRCs is likely to lead to an increase in fly-tipping of this waste.
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The relationship between fly-tipping rates and HWRC charging
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