Should waste disposal be free?

How Household Waste Sites Are Used

Household waste sites are being used to encourage more recycling while also accepting rubbish of all kinds. Citizens drive their materials to the waste site and sort the items into the proper containers. Citizens simply back their cars up to the bins and dispose of their rubbish. Look for your local authority website to find out where are your nearest waste disposal and recycling centres.

There are containers for residual waste, garden waste that is then turned into compost, dry recycling, and rubble and soil. Other materials that can be taken to a household waste site are wood, scrap metal, paper and cardboard, glass, textiles, plastic, furniture, batteries, metal cans, and oil. Carpet and mattresses are taken, as well.

The Problem with Fly Tipping

Fly tipping occurs when citizens dump their material in an unauthorized location to avoid having to pay. This causes a problem because the government will be responsible for the clean-up of these materials and, depending on what it is, it may be hazardous, time-consuming, and costly.

Fly-tipping can lead to environmental and health issues such as asthma, anxiety, headaches, eye infections, cancer, and other diseases. Illegal dumping also leads to an increase in mosquitoes.

Another issue caused by fly-tipping is that it can cause property values to decrease.

Instances of illegal dumping generally seem to increase when the government begins charging for waste disposal. Read more on the dangers of fly tipping.

Should Waste Disposal Be Free?

While fly-tipping is an issue, the household waste sites are costly to run. It costs to pay employees to manage the sites, to recycle material, and to keep the site clean. Another cost factor is security for the household waste sites. Each site must have fencing, cameras, floodlights, and alarms.

Some feel that charging for waste disposal will significantly increase the number of fly-tipping instances and, in turn, increase the amount of money spent on the cleanup. Others feel that the money earned from charging for waste disposal will be more than what will be spent on the clean up from fly-tippers.

When charging for waste disposal the charge is £2.60 or £4.80 for every 25-litre bag, depending on what is inside. The charge for tyres is £1.50 per tyre. The cost to clean up rubbish left by fly tippers depends on the area but tends to fall between £20M and £50M per year.

Decreasing the amount of fly-tipping in an area isn’t only about money, however. The health and environmental effects must be considered, as well. When dump sites go undetected for a while, the material has quite a bit of time to infiltrate the soil, air, and potentially the drinking water.

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