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Household Waste Not Affected By New Charges

29th March, 2011
In response to public concern Devon County Council has issued a statement to reaffirm what types of waste will be affected by new charges to be introduces from 1st April.

New charges will not be applied to general household waste. They are specifically for rubble, soil, plasterboard and asbestos only. Items such as garden waste, furniture and old electrical appliances, etc, will still be accepted free of charge.

The charges will be:

?2 per bag of rubble, which could contain brick, stone, gravel or soil for example

?2 per tyre ?7 per bag, or full sheet, of plasterboard

?20 per bag, or full sheet, of asbestos

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member responsible for recycling, said: ?Recycling Centres have been experiencing heavy queues of people trying to dispose of their waste before Thursday.

?We want to reassure the public that general household waste will continue to be handled free of charge. The new charges will only apply to the specific waste types outlined.?

The Council is legally obliged to provide recycling centres for household waste to be accepted free of charge, but it does not have to accept non-household waste such as soil, rubble, plasterboard, asbestos or tyres.

For more information, please visit www.devon.gov.uk/index/environment/recycling/recycling_centres

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