Tuesday, 25 September 2012

New Charges at Abbey Road Re-use and Recycling Centre

The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) will apply new charges at the Abbey Road Re-use and Recycling Centre from October.

These will be for large items/materials derived from house-building, major renovations, landscaping, etc. These types of waste are not classed as household waste and are typically as follows:

•           Rubble
•           Hardcore
•           Large building materials such as plasterboard, plaster, wall tiles, roofing materials, windows, doors, timber/wood, flooring (not carpets).
•           Bathroom suites
•           Kitchen units
•           Soil including turf
•           Garden materials including fencing, sheds, paving (slabs, asphalt, tarmac etc.) and the like (but not green garden waste).
•           Commercial and industrial waste, including pallets
•           Asbestos cement based products

These are the types of items that would not usually be transported in the backs of cars but typically delivered by builders in vans. It is unlikely to have any impact on most users of the site. Its main purpose will be to ensure all commercial and non-household waste is paid for. Traders professing to be residents, or using their Brent residency, in order to avoid commercial waste charges is a growing problem.

WLWA have indicated they will take a pragmatic view on very small quantities.  All other waste items remain free of charge for residents.

This is a WLWA site, not a Brent Council site. With the repeal from 1st April 2012 of Section 1 of the Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act, WLWA are now responsible for making arrangements in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act. A consequence of this change in law is that there is now only a statutory duty to accept deposits of household waste free of charge. These charges bring the site in line with others in west London.

The average householder delivering his usual waste items in his own car will be largely unaffected.

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