Fly-tipping increase fears

Hartlepool Borough Councils Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burn Road.
Hartlepool Borough Councils Household Waste Recycling Centre in Burn Road.
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Mail readers overwhelmingly say they believe new charges to dump DIY waste in Hartlepool will lead to a rise in fly-tipping.

Hartlepool Borougyh Council Household Waste Recycling Centre will start charging users for disposing waste the authority deems to be extra to the usual household waste.

A tyre will cost £3.20 to dump, plasterboard will cost £6, bags of up to 25kg of soil, hardcore, rubble, hardcore including ceramic bathroom units and sections of plate glass will cost £3 each, and double-bagged cement-bonded asbestos will cost £7.20 to ditch.

A Mail survey asked: “Do you think the charges will increase the amount of fly-tipping in Hartlepool.”

Around 1,000 people votest, with 97% saying they believe it will, with 3% saying they did not think it would.

From April 1, on arrival at the tip, users will have to agree with a member of staff the type and volume of waste, determining the charge. No cash or cheques will be accepted on site, only credit or debit cards.

Payment can also be made at the civic centre where a receipt will be given which should be taken to the centre when disposing of waste.

The the tip will operate from 9am to noon and 1pm to 6pm from April to October and 9am to noon and then 1pm to 4pm from November to March.

Leaflets are being handed out to visitors to the Burn Road site.

More information can be found at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/recycle