Charges for non-household waste
By law, Buckinghamshire County Council must accept day-to-day household waste free of charge, for example garden waste, electricals, and paper. These types of waste make up around 75% of waste brought to household recycling centres and will remain free of charge.
Other waste, such as landscaping, construction, or demolition waste is classed as 'non-household waste' and is expensive for us to dispose of. We are allowed by law to charge for these items to offset the cost of disposal.
Traders and businesses should still use the existing commercial waste service.
How much will it cost?
How can I pay?
Before unloading your waste, please see a member of site staff who will work out how much you need to pay. Payments will be accepted via credit, debit, or pre-paid payment card only.
Cash payments will not be accepted.
What waste can be charged for?
Chargeable waste is non-household waste items, which are set out in UK Environmental Law.
As a general rule, non-household waste items are materials created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. Any amount of non-household waste can be charged for, please us the price list above.
What waste will remain free to dispose of?
At least 75% of the waste brought to sites remains free. You are still be able to dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of the county's Household Recycling Centres. The guide below shows general categories of waste, to find out whether a specific item is chargeable, please refer to the price list.
Will these charges lead to more fly-tipping?
Most people act responsibly when disposing of their waste, and we expect this to continue.
Our service review highlighted that there was no evidence of a link between changes to household recycling centres and increase in fly-tipping:
- There was no decrease in fly tipping after Aston Clinton household recycling centre opened, or any reduction when Beaconsfield or High Heavens were upgraded to bigger sites.
- There was also no evidence of more fly tipping when Winter hours at all Buckinghamshire sites were reduced in 2016.
Other local authorities who have made charges have not seen increases linked to household recycling centres either, for example:
- Hertfordshire County Council reported "There was no demonstrable evidence of increased fly-tipping post the council’s changes to operational days and hours in January 2015"
- Surrey County Council actually reported a drop in fly tipping after introducing charges "the total amount of fly-tipping tonnages dealt with in 2016/17 dropped by over a 1,000 tonnes compared to the previous year"
Dumping waste outside of the recycling centres or elsewhere is classed as fly-tipping. It is against the law and can incur a fine of up to £50,000 and people who dump their rubbish illegally are liable to face prosecution.
Any changes in fly-tipping are being closely recorded and monitored, and we will use this data to consider suitable responses to unlawful waste disposal.
Why am I being charged?
Non-household waste is expensive for us to dispose of and we are not obliged to provide residents with a disposal site for non-household waste.
We recognise that many householders carry out small projects from time to time. By applying a small charge this allows us to continue accepting these types of non-household waste.
Other ways to dispose of non-household waste
Despite the changes, residents can still bring the same types of waste to a recycling centre as they could before, but some will now incur a charge.
Many people only bring materials that do not have charges, so they should be able to use the sites unaffected. However, some alternatives are listed below. Ensure you use the SCRAP code to make sure your waste is dealt with properly.
Hire a skip
There are many sizes and varieties of skip and bag services available to hire. The charges for non-household waste in Buckinghamshire are relatively low, but can add up when doing a large project, so a skip hire maybe cheaper.
Ensure your waste will be disposed of correctly by following the SCRAP code.
Pay a contractor to dispose of your waste
Lots of non-household waste is created when carrying out home improvement projects.
Residents can ask the contractor working on their home to take away the waste with them. This may incur a charge, but may be less expensive than visiting the Household Recycling Centre.
Ensure the contractor will dispose of the waste correctly and follow the SCRAP code.