Changes to Charges for Disposal of DIY/Non-Household Waste

As from 1 October, changes to DIY waste disposal charges at the council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) come into operation. Meanwhile, the council has signed a new Household Waste Recycling Centre contract that secures all seven sites in the medium term, with no change to the sites opening hours or days.

The existing DIY 1,2,3 for free scheme is being replaced by a small fixed fee per item of £1.50 for non-household waste. Tyres and plasterboard will also be charged for at an affordable rate. The existing scheme has been in place for 15 years and during this time the charge has not increased beyond £1 per item.

Banners and leaflets are on display at HWRC sites informing local residents that there will be a change in non-household waste charges, supported by social media activity and an issued press release.

In the HWRC public consultation carried out in summer 2016, 91% of responses indicated that residents would prefer to pay to deposit non-household waste as a way of saving money and protecting other council services.

The council recognises that many householders carry out small DIY projects from time to time, and by applying a small charge this allows HWRCs to continue accepting these discretionary types of non-household waste.

Non-household or DIY items, as a general rule are materials created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. For example a sink, bath, kitchen unit, fence panel, bag of rubble etc.

Residents can still dispose of all their household waste free of charge at any of the county’s HWRCs.

Also new in October will be a bin for recycling hard plastics. After a successful trial at Dix and Alkerton HWRCs, items such as plastic garden furniture and children’s toys will be collected and recycled from all sites.

The locations of the county council’s seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are:

  • Alkerton – Stratford Road, Alkerton, Nr Banbury
  • Ardley Fields- Brackley Road, Ardley
  • Dix Pit – Linch Hill, Stanton Harcourt
  • Drayton – Steventon Road, Drayton, Nr Abingdon
  • Oakley Wood – Old Icknield Way, Crowmarsh, Nr Wallingford
  • Redbridge – Old Abingdon Road, Oxford
  • Stanford in the Vale – Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon

W+S Recycling will manage six of the seven HWRC sites from October, while Dix Pit HWRC will continue to be managed by FCC Environment.