New waste charges come into effect at Melton borough sites

Recycling. File picture.
Recycling. File picture.

DIY enthusiasts across the Melton borough are being reminded of new waste charges that came into force this week.

As of today (Wednesday) anyone visiting the 14 recycling and household waste sites across the county, including Lake Terrace in Melton and other sites in Somerby and Bottesford, will have to pay to dispose of some DIY waste.

The charges have been introduced as part of a package of measures to help save Leicestershire County Council up to £670,000 per year from its waste budget.

Example charges include:

Hardcore, rubble and soil - £3 for up to every 20 litres

Concrete slab/post - £3 each

Bathroom furniture (bath, basin, toilet, shower tray, etc) - £3 per item or up to every 20 litres

Roof tiles, slates, ceramic wall and floor tiles - £3 for up to every 20 litres

Whole sheets or broken window glass - £3 per unit or up to every 20 litres

Plasterboard - £3 per sheet up to 1.8 x 0.9m, or every 20 litres

Asbestos - £10 per sheet up to 2.4 x 1.2m, or every 20 litres

Payment can only be made on site, by credit or debit card. Cash and cheques will not be accepted.

Changes to the sites’ opening hours have already been introduced. All sites are now open five days a week and have summer and winter opening hours.

From April to September, the sites open from 9am until 7pm and from October to March, 9am to 4pm. All are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Melton’s Lake Terrace facility is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday.

The sites in Bottesford and Somerby are closed on Thursday and Friday.

For more about the new charges visit http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/waste-and-recycling/waste-disposal-charges