Councils have begun charging householders to dump waste at rubbish tips, it has emerged, leading the Government to launch a review into the arbitrary fees.
Some 47 local authorities now insist on payments including Buckinghamshire council, which released a new “price list” this month demanding up to £20 for items including boilers, taps, lavatory seats, fence posts, plasterboard, pond liners and wood burners.
Boilers, taps, wood burners. Nice pieces of metal most of those. Worth real money. Charging for accepting them goes beyond cheeky. The profit margin from having done so must be enormous. Assuming, obviously, that a council is switched on enough to have an agreement with the local gyppo scrappie.
Actually, we’ve got a couple of local councillors around here. What’s the profit centre looking like at the local town dump?