Charges now in force at Harrogate recycling centre

Harrogate Household Waste Recycling Centre on Penny Pot Lane. (S)
Harrogate Household Waste Recycling Centre on Penny Pot Lane. (S)
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People will now be charged for taking some waste to Harrogate recycling centre as part of North Yorkshire County Council’s austerity measures.

The charges came into effect this week, and though household waste and recyclable items will not be affected, the disposal of bricks, ceramics, pottery, sand, soil, and several other materials will now be subject to a fee.

For one 25kg bag of rubble or hardcore the minimum charge will be £2.52, and people will be charged £6 for one 25kg sheet of plasterboard.

The introduction of charges follows a countywide consultation and is part of the North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) overall austerity measures. However, the council has lifted restrictions on the amounts they accept.

Since 2011, NYCC has planned for total cuts in spending of around £170m - a third of its budget - and according to NYCC the waste charges will lead to savings of around £330,000 per year.

Executive member for waste management Chris Metcalfe said: “NYCC has accepted hardcore and rubble at household waste recycling centres free of charge for many years but it is a service we don’t have to provide and we can no longer afford to do it.

“We have no real choice but to charge, but I am pleased that we have been able to use this as an opportunity to lift restrictions on the amounts of hardcore and rubble we take.

“Our centre operating contractors (Kier and Yorwaste) have both agreed to take on the challenge of providing the charged service on our behalf, and I am pleased to see that prices they have set are relatively modest and affordable, and offer great value for money compared to the alternatives such as hiring a skip.”

NYCC is also opening up all its household waste sites to take commercial waste from businesses and traders in a bid to help encourage recycling.

Previously this service was only available at the Harrogate household waste recycling centre and in Northallerton.

However, from this week all 20 of the council’s centres will operate this service, though a charge will be made.

Coun Metcalfe said: “I am really pleased that we are able to open up all the sites to commercial waste for both disposal and recycling.

“Local businesses will now have a cost effective and accessible alternative disposal service on their doorstep which will help encourage recycling and reduce fly tipping. That’s great news for all of us.”

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