Free waste plan set to be soiled

People in North Yorkshire have until the end of next week to make their comments on suggested changes to the rules to the acceptance of non-household waste such as soil and rubble at local recycling sites.

The proposed changes are part of a package aimed at ensuring North Yorkshire County Council remains on track to achieve millions of pounds in savings as a result of Government funding cuts

North Yorkshire’s waste service currently costs £5.9 million and the county council needs to save £240,000 from that figure in 2014/15.

The council is seeking opinions on whether sites should no longer accept these wastes, or if contractors should make a charge to customers to cover their costs.

Responses received in the county-wide consultation so far have indicated people want HWRCs to accept soil and rubble waste but at a charge and also that disposal of plasterboard should be treated in the same way.

David Bowe, Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services said: “It is important to tell us what you think, so we can continue to deal with these types of waste in a fair manner that causes the least amount of inconvenience to customers using the HWRCs”.

Responses can be made via ;

email to or phone on 0845 8727374.

Responses should be made by 22 December.

A decision on whether there will be any changes is set to be made in February.