DIY waste move

Bucks people will be able to dispose of small amounts of DIY waste for free at Household Recycling Centres from 31 December.

Changes have been brought in by central government and will make it easier for people to get rid of waste such as re-tiling, renovating a bathroom or digging a pond in the garden.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet this week voted in favour of the move.

The council is reintroducing a digital e-permit for DIY waste. From 31 December, any resident wanting to dispose of household DIY waste at a recycling centre will need to have one of these printed out or on a portable device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, before they visit. This only affects residents who wish to bring household DIY waste.

The DIY e-permit will allow residents to dispose of one load of waste each week for free. One load of DIY waste is no more than 100 litres of loose DIY waste, or one large item no bigger than 2m x 0.75m x 0.7m such as one bath tub, one door or one kitchen unit.

After this, the e-permit will expire. It can be renewed after seven days, to allow residents to continue the process. Anyone wishing to dispose of more than one load of DIY waste in a week will be able to do so but will be charged, using the same price list which has been in place for the past four years.

Gareth Williams, cabinet member for climate change & environment, said: ‘This may be an extra step for residents, but it allows us to ensure that everything will run smoothly and will deter commercial traders from abusing the new system which is for residents only.’

He added: “We will be promoting the new process widely and would suggest people check our website and social media channels for the most up to date information. The whole process is very simple and straightforward and should become second nature to everyone once it has been up and running for a few weeks.’

Changes will only apply to DIY waste. Residents bringing garden waste, electricals, general and other types of waste commonly brought to sites will be unaffected and can continue to use sites in exactly the same way as before.

Commercial traders, landlords and residents disposing of waste produced by traders will still need to pay for commercial waste disposal.