'Ministers are to launch a review into fees charged on householders for dumping waste at council tips.
The move comes after it was revealed that one local authority even charges residents £20 to dispose of old toilet seats.
Nearly 50 local authorities now insist on arbitrary fees to get rid of waste, including Buckinghamshire council – which has released a new ‘price list’ demanding up to £20 for single items such as fence-posts, plasterboards and taps.
Last month, gardeners in Kent were made to pay £4 to dispose of bags of soil or rubble, and households in Devon are now being charged £3.90 to dump shower trays and tyres.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) described the charges as a ‘backdoor’ tax, saying that homeowners should be permitted to dump waste from building work free of charge.
It plans to launch a review that could see the 47 councils banned from imposing the fees. Campaigners say the payments will cause a spike in fly-tipping, despite councils insisting they are under no obligation to accept ‘non-household waste’.
Allison Ogden-Newton, the chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Helping people to legally dispose of their rubbish will reduce, rather than encourage, fly-tipping.’
According to the latest Government statistics, there was a 43 per cent spike in multi-load fly-tipping incidents between 2016-17 and 2017-18, with clean-up costs rising from £9.9million to £12.2million.
An investigation found that some councils charge residents to dump waste where neighbouring ones are letting them do it free of charge. Medway Council in Kent reportedly considered banning people from its rubbish tips and demanding visitors show proof of address after the region’s county council imposed fees on nearby areas.'
Read more: Ministers blast ‘tip tax’ imposed by the back door as one local council charges residents £20 to dump a TOILET SEAT
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