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Call for Norwich City Council to drop plans to charge for hazardous waste collections

Ben Price, Green councillor forThorpe Hamlet in Norwich City Council 2016 elections. Pic: Submitted

Ben Price, Green councillor forThorpe Hamlet in Norwich City Council 2016 elections. Pic: Submitted


Green councillors have called for Norwich City Council to drop its plans to charge for hazardous waste collection, calling the proposal “a false economy” which could end up costing the council far more in clean-up costs.

The council is proposing to save £4,000 a year by charging for the hazardous waste collection service which it currently offers free on request. In an amendment to the council’s budget, which will be debated on Tuesday, the Green Party group is proposing to drop this plan. Instead, the Greens say the money can be found by scrapping the water coolers at City Hall and cancelling a subscription to a local government think tank.

Councillor Ben Price, who is proposing the amendment, said: “A lot of councils are increasing charges for various types of waste disposal, and there is growing evidence that it only increases flytipping.”


  • Why are consumers who pay tax and VAT on these paints and hazardous substances when purchasing these goods, being charged when they dispose of the paints left over? when they are acting responsible and bringing these substances to the dump for legal disposal? Why are manufacturers immune from the impact their wares create? and why is the council not stopping the sale of oil based gloss paints instead? Why is it us alone who carry the burden of disposal costs? Is it because we are easy prey?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Water-based gloss paint - Mankinds worst invention.

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    Resident Smith

    Saturday, February 18, 2017

  • Just wait the paint amnesty weekend will go next, and we are still along way off having all water based paint. The cost of the waste amnesty is higher than £4,000 I imagine.

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • As far as I am aware Norwich City Council will currently have nothing to do with asbestos waste. They are therefore promoting the fly tipping of, allegedly, the most toxic domestic waste. Why have the Green Party let this state of affairs persist, and why is The Master Composter doing nothing to address it now?

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • It would be a ridiculously naive council who believes that fly tipping would not increase as a result of charging per collection... Had they not considered that ? ... If it is costing them £4000 per year to collect hazardous waste then it would be far better to have increased the council tax precept by 25 or 30p per household to pay for it and kept quiet. Anyway £4k per year seems quite cheap for the city so is there fly tipping already in surrounding parishes ?

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • There are examples, not just in the UK but also in the Netherlands, where one town introduced charges and another close by did not. Fly tipping increased in the former and the overall cost was higher. It is just stupid to effectively encourage people to break the law and to lose control of where waste is being dumped. I appreciate that there are budget constraints and that waste control might not be considered to be 'front line' but you only have to go to places where they slavishly try to keep local taxes low (e.g. in parts of the US) to see how this trashes the amenity of towns, cities and the surrounding countryside.

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • It is obvious to everyone except councils that there is a direct correlation between increased charges at recycling centres and the increase in fly tipping. Not to condone in anyway the latter but the more difficult councils make it to dispose legally of waste, the greater the problem of fly tipping becomes. Some of the rules defy logic - for example, why are you only allowed to dispose of one fence panel at a time??

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

  • I agree with him on this.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Friday, February 17, 2017

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