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Charges for disposal of tyres and asbestos at household waste recycling centres

Published: 10 July 2024

Charges for disposing of tyres and asbestos will be introduced at our 9 household waste recycling centres from Thursday 1 August 2024.

Residents will be charged £4 per tyre up to a maximum of 4 domestic car or van tyres and £6 per sheet of asbestos up to a maximum of 2 sheets (not including trade waste).

Payment is by card only and doesn’t apply to bicycle tyres.

The change follows a decision taken in March 2024 by our Cabinet as part of a series of measures to help make the service more efficient and effective and to help save money.

We are not required to accept tyres and asbestos at our recycling centres but we do so currently at no charge. Excluding tyres and asbestos from the materials collected could reduce running costs by up to £69,000 a year.

In a 12-week public consultation held from October last year, 90% of respondents said they would prefer a small charge rather than the sites not accepting these materials at all. There were 2,876 responses to the consultation in total.

Our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment Councillor Carolyn Renwick said:

“We’re constantly looking for ways to make the services we provide more efficient and effective.

“Having listened to the views of residents, we believe these changes strike the right balance between continuing to provide a good quality service for residents and making savings.”

Further changes will be introduced at our recycling centres on 1 October 2024 including reducing opening hours by 2 hours each day when they are typically less busy. The new opening hours will be 9.30am to 5pm each day – except at Buxton where the current hours of 8.30am to 6pm will remain due to different contractual arrangements at that site.

Plans are also underway to introduce a trade waste trial in the coming months as well as a permit scheme for residents to use the sites. The date for introducing these 2 initiatives is yet to be confirmed.

Site users are asked to double bag asbestos before taking it to a recycling centre and visits for this purpose are limited to one visit with no return.