Norfolk council trials new ‘pay-as-you-throw’ recycling system

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Residents and business owners to pay recycling fees based on waste type

Norfolk County Council has introduced a revised payment system for residents taking waste to eight of the district’s household waste recycling centres, seven of which will now also accept some types of trade waste from certain local businesses.

The ‘pay-as-you-throw’ (PAYT) payment system will now reflect the type of waste material being disposed of by residents. The pervious payment system has been in effect for eight years and was based on the size of the vehicle used by visitors.

Norfolk recycling centres to charge for waste type

Norfolk recycling centre

Residents now taking DIY materials for recycling will be charged a fee based on the type of waste they want to dispose of. Recycling centre staff will assess the waste from each visitor and will use a council price guide to determine the fee to be paid.

Residents can dispose of one large item (a bath, for example) or one 80-litre refuse sack (of wood, for example) for free, thereafter a charge will be requested.

The recycling centres in Ketteringham, Dereham, Mayton Wood, King’s Lynn, Mile Cross and three other locations will be operating under the new scheme. These centres (excluding Mile Cross) will now also be accepting trade waste from some small businesses.

House removal, cleaning and gardening businesses and local charities are a selection of the small businesses that will be allowed to dispose of waste at seven Norfolk recycling centres on a ‘pay-as-you-throw’ basis. The council hopes to create revenues of £10,000 from the new trade waste service in the first year.

Councillor Toby Coke, from Norfolk County Council, commented: “The new trade waste service is also designed to support small organisations in Norfolk who may find it difficult to access affordable ways of getting rid of the relatively small amount of waste they generate.”

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