CLA comments on bulky waste collection charges

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The CLA has described bulky waste collection charges as a “postcode lottery”, in the wake of new analysis of council fees.

It has been reported today that charges range from a few pounds to over £40 for a single item.

Out of 68 authorities in the South East that charge for bulky waste to be collected,  the Isle of Wight was the 25th most expensive at £35 per collection.

But good news for Islanders, the £35 charge allows local residents to dispose of up to 4 bulky items, making the average cost per item just £8.80. This makes the Isle of Wight the 25th cheapest authority out of 68 in the South East region on a ‘per item’ basis.

Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “It is a postcode lottery in terms of what you will be charged by your local authority in terms of getting rid of bulk waste.

“If charges are too high, you run the danger of other companies or individuals coming in and charging less and potentially not disposing of items in the correct manner.

“If waste is fly-tipped then it is taxpayers, farmers and landowners who have to foot the clean-up bill.

“The environmental cost is also considerable, especially if items such as fridges and freezers are dumped because refrigerants can damage waterways and soil.”

The table below shows 68 areas in the South East that charge for bulky waste collections

AuthorityChargeNo of items?Average charge per itemMax items
Aylesbury Vale75325.08
Eastleigh56
Lewes55511.0
Wealden55318.3
Tonbridge and Malling5268.76
Eastbourne50316.7
Runnymede44314.7
Spelthorne4458.8
Waverley44144.0
Bracknell Forest43314.3
Adur42.5314.2
Worthing42.5314.2
West Berkshire4158.25
Mole Valley40140.0
Epsom and Ewell38.5312.8
Tunbridge Wells38.44
Rushmoor38312.7
Chiltern37312.39
Fareham37137.0
South Bucks37312.33
Wycombe37312.39
Rother36312.09
South Oxfordshire36312.06
Vale of White Horse36312.06
Hart35.33135.3
Isle of Wight3548.84
Guildford34134.0
Reading33133.0
Windsor and Maidenhead33133.05
Tandridge32.11310.73
Wokingham32.156.45
Havant31131.0
Dover30.5556.1
Dartford30103.0
Elmbridge30130.0
Portsmouth30
Reigate and Banstead30
Surrey Heath30130.010
Woking30130.0
Basingstoke and Deane29.1839.7
Test Valley28.5128.54
Gravesham2746.8
West Oxfordshire26.546.66
Chichester2683.38
Crawley26
Gosport25125.0
Maidstone2546.3
Swale2546.34
Thanet2555.0
Shepway (now Folkestone and Hythe District Council)24.5124.54
Ashford2446.08
New Forest23123.08
Hastings2137.03
Medway2137.03
Hartlepool2036.76
Mid Sussex20120.0
Milton Keynes20
Cherwell1836.06
Sevenoaks18118.0
Horsham17117.0
East Hampshire16.72116.7
Winchester16.72116.7
Canterbury15.55115.6
Slough15115.07
Brighton and Hove10
Middlesbrough1052
Southampton10110.010
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