Jul 16 2017

£20 Charge to Dump Waste for non-Harrow Residents

It was the council’s monthly cabinet meeting last week, and this item crept in, relating to changes at the Forward Drive waste site:

It was resolved that:

  1. a charge of £20 to non-residents using the Harrow Re-use and Recycling Centre (HRRC) site per visit be introduced and non-residents be restricted from disposing of non-recyclable waste
  2. all Harrow Residents be required to produce proof of identification to demonstrate that they lived in the borough in order to dispose of household waste free of charge
  3. Harrow residents be prevented from disposing of non-household waste free of charge, including building waste resulting from construction or demolition works and home renovation works
  4. the Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems (ANPR) be used at the site to help control and restrict unauthorised usage
  5. the Divisional Director of Environment and Culture, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment, be authorised to progress implementation of these recommendations.

All sounds good, right? Well, no, actually. All those measures are designed to REDUCE the amount of waste taken to the site. The centre currently handles 40,000 tonnes of waster per year, with a recyclable content of 34%. The national average is 61.7%. If the council can reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste (by charging non-residents and stopping non-domestic waste), then the ratio of recyclables goes up, and everyone’s happy, right?

The result of this that is that flytipping will increase, resulting in a lower quality of life for residents, higher costs for residents, and although the council doesn’t say it, you have to wonder if that flytipped waste is counted towards the 40,000 tones – and thus the recyclable ratios – each year.

Making waste facilities easily and freely available to residents would reduce the amount of flytipping – if you can make something easier, obviously more people would do it.The council would be better off introducing a programme of localised waste collections for bulky waste – the sort of stuff that (a) doesn’t go into your bin and (b) tends to get flytipped: something like a skip in certain areas – park car parks? – on a regular basis, such as a Saturday morning once a month.

It/s not all about hitting a target: it’s about making Harrow a better place for everyone to live.


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  1. F.D.Billson

    This ia typical of the Labour council. They are floundering about as usual but are unable to come up with a solution that actually saves the local taxpayer money. That will be the day !

  2. Keith

    And increase waiting time while documents are checked!!!!

  3. walle1j

    An increase of over 200% of Garden waste being deposited at the site and increased traffic. Any sensible person could have seen that one coming

  4. Christopher Langley

    In the real world, flytippipng is not caused by non residents being charged. After all, call me stupid, but if they are local there never has been or will be a charge. It is often caused by landlords who will not replace bedding or other furniture when a new resident moves in. Having spoken to local Estate Agents, they tell me that tenants are instructed to make arrangements themselves and this includes removing the old furniture, which of course they are often unable to do because of the size of furniture. When the landlord is not directly involved, it means that they are not legally responsible and do not have to pay for disposal which includes hiring staff and a van plus the cost van drivers pay at Forward Drive probably in all, more than the cost of the furniture.

    Also in the real world, flytipping is also caused by residents who believe that the local charity shop and here I am thinking of St Lukes along Willowcourt Avenue, who knowingly use the absolutely mad idea of placing wheelie bins on the street as an extension of Foreward Drive. This particular “street furniture” was a result of creating a garage workshop on the basis of providing shops along Kenton Road with a taxpayers paid security door. Other examples can be found in Harrow Weald adjacent to Long Elmes.

  5. Bill Stephenson

    Every other local council is faced with the same problem mentioned in your comments. All the councils close to us actually charge and so residents particularly from Brent are increasingly using Harrow’s currently free facilities instead of their own Council’s. Charging as well seems to me to be commonsense as well as working with all our neighbours to try and solve fly tipping problems collectively.

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