Defra consultation on free disposal of household DIY waste

21 July 2022

Rural crime
A picture of household items dumped in a field

The government's consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at household waste recycling centres has potential to reduce the risk of fly-tipping. Follow the progress of this consultation. 

4 July 2022

Consultation closes

This consultation closed on 4 July 2022.

1 July 2022

NFU submits evidence

We submitted our consultation response on 1 July 2022.

Member download: NFU response to Defra consultation on the free disposal of household DIY waste at recycling centres

In our response we outlined that we broadly agreed with the proposal that certain construction waste should be treated as DIY waste and therefore classified as household waste.

As householders should not be charged to dispose of DIY waste at HWRC’s, this may reduce the risk of householders fly tipping or using waste removal services that might result in fly tipping.

Flexibility

We did however highlight that it was important to maintain some flexibility in both the regularity of HWRC visits, and the volume of waste allowed to be disposed of free of charge to further reduce this risk.
 
We agree with the technical principles outlined when the government amends the 2012 regulations.

We agree that construction waste should be treated as DIY waste and classified as household waste.

Overall perspective

Waste crime is a blight upon our members, and we must engage with any potential proposals to help reduce the impact of fly tipping.

Making it easier for householders to dispose of small amounts of waste without charge may help to reduce this impact. 

11 April 2022

Government launches consultation

On 11 April the government launched a consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at HWRCs (Household Waste Recycling Centres) and a call for evidence on booking systems at household waste recycling centres. 

The consultation closed on 4 July 2022. 

It proposed to allow householders to deposit DIY waste for free to reduce the potential risk of fly-tipping, littering and backyard burning which create additional costs for local authorities and causes environmental issues.  

You can read more about the consultation on Defra's site here: Consultation on DIY waste and call for evidence.

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Consultation Fly-tipping

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Summary

  • This consultation proposes to allow householders to deposit DIY waste at recycling centres for free.
  • Defra states that this will reduce the potential risk of fly-tipping, littering and backyard burning which create additional costs for local authorities and causes environmental issues.
  • We broadly agree with the proposal but highlighted that there should be flexibility in the regularity of HWRC visits and the volume of waste allowed to be disposed of free of charge.