Charges at Household Re-use and Recycling Centres
You will find more information about the charges for disposing of DIY waste at your local Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) on this page. If you cannot find the information you’d like to know here, please contact us by phone or email.
These questions are answered below.
What items will I be charged for?
What are the charges?
Why is there a minimum charge?
How can I pay?
How will you know the weight of the items I want to get rid of?
Where is the weighbridge?
Why were charges introduced?
Who made the decision to introduce the charges?
What legislation and policy changed?
What happens at other local sites?
Why implement on 1st October?
How have you publicised the changes?
Why didn’t you advertise?
Isn’t there a risk of people dumping or fly tipping?
Why are you unable to accept any DIY type waste temporary period at the South Ruislip HRRC?
Why are no vans or trailers allowed to use the South Ruislip HRRC?
Why will the South Ruislip HRRC no longer accept any waste from businesses?
The charge applies to items that you would not normally take with you when you move home; the fixtures and fittings in your property and garden. The list below shows the type of items that you will be charged for when you take them to the Abbey Road household re-use and recycling centre. If you are unsure please contact us or ask the staff at the household re-use and recycling centre before unloading your vehicle.
- Building and demolition material including plasterboard, plaster, roofing tiles, slates, felt, windows, window glass and glazing, doors, wood/timber, MDF, drain pipes and guttering, wall tiles, laminate flooring and floor tiles
- Bathroom suites and fittings including toilets, baths and tiles
- Kitchen fittings and units including sinks, work surfaces and cupboard doors
- Rubble, bricks, rocks, stones, hardcore, slabs, asphalt and tarmac
- Soil and turf
- Fencing and sheds
- Roof aerials and sky dishes
- Bonded asbestos
You will not be charged for
- Garden prunings, grass cuttings and tree branches that you bring from your own home.
- Plant pots and garden ornaments
- Garden benches
- Picnic tables and garden chairs
- Old compost bins and water butts
- Curtain rails
- Electrical items
- Light bulbs and fluorescent tubes
- Light fittings and wires
- General recycling such as glass bottles and jars, paper, cardboard, cans and clothes
The amount you will charge is based on the total weight of the items you bring to the sites. For every tonne (1000kg) of waste you will pay £165. A minimum charge applies, if you bring the waste in your car you will be charged £16 for up to 100kg or if you use a van the minimum charge is £32 for up to 200kg. Please note that apart from the minimum charge for cars of £16, all other charges are rounded to the nearest whole pound and that weights are calculated to the nearest 10kg. Find out how we work out the weight. <link to question about that further down>
A minimum charge is necessary to ensure that the Authority is able to recover the costs that it incurs providing the service and to properly manage the types of waste deposited. It includes the cost of staff, plant, equipment and buildings as well as the cost of transporting and disposing of the waste, including landfill tax which is currently £80 per tonne.
You can pay with a major credit or debit card (American Express Cards are not accepted). Your payment will be taken by the weighbridge staff and you will be given a receipt. No cash is accepted.
Your vehicle will be weighed before you unload and again after your car is empty. You will need to park your vehicle on the weighbridge when you arrive at the site and speak to the weighbridge operator to give your details. When you’ve finished unloading your car drive back to the weighbridge, weigh your vehicle again and pay the charge.
Just before the traffic lights and barrier to the household recycling centre is a small brick building. Drive up to this building in the right and lane and park all of your vehicle on the rectangular area of concrete set in the road. Walk up the steps to the window and speak to the person who will take your details and weigh your vehicle. They will take some details from you and explain what you need to do next.
Changes to waste legislation and policy in 2012 resulted in higher charges being applied to certain types of wastes. West London Waste is a local authority and we use council tax payers money to pay the costs of disposing of your waste. Residents who are bringing in this waste need to contribute to the cost of disposing of it.
The Councillors who govern the WLWA made the decision to introduce these charges at their meeting in July 2012. The decision was taken to manage the additional cost facing the Authority from the policy/legislation change.
All the HRRCs in West London were run under a section of The Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978 until April 2012 when it was removed from law. You can find out more about this change on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website (details are under the heading Repeal of Section 1 of the Refuse Disposal Amenity Act). The HRRCs are now run under s51 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This piece of legislation only permits local authorities to accept household waste without direct charge to those bringing it in. The types of waste that a charge is now being made for are not defined in law as household waste.
The change in policy relates to the interpretation of the terms “active waste” and “inert waste” in relation to the level of landfill tax applied. A recent review of the interpretation by HMRC as to what can be classified as “active waste” has resulted in the majority of the waste handled by ourselves and your local council now having a higher charge for landfill tax.
There are 7 HRRCs in West London. This change affects the site at Abbey Road, Park Royal. Similar charges are already in place at other HRRC’s including Harefield and Hounslow. To find out what happens at your local site please look on your local council’s website.
The majority of the public act responsibly and it is not anticipated that there will be any noticeable increase in fly tipping as a result of this change. Fly tipping is a criminal offence and people who dump their rubbish at the side of the road or anywhere they shouldn’t are liable to face prosecution. Any changes to waste and recycling services, including the introduction of these charges should not be used as an excuse by someone to be irresponsible. The number and content of illegal dumps of rubbish is recorded and monitored by all local councils. The London Boroughs of Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon will continue to monitor and consider suitable responses to any changes they notice.