HOUSEHOLDS will no longer have to pay to get rid of small-scale DIY waste at recycling centres - and an organisation is hoping this will help to reduce fly-tipping.

The Countryside Land and Business Association (CLA) has said this is 'good news' for residents and also for farmers who 'end up bearing the brunt of illegal fly-tipped materials dumped on their land'. 

Announced on Janaury 1, the government abolished fees so all councils in England will treat DIY waste the same as other household waste. 

Around one-third of local authorities previously charged to dispose of DIY waste, such as plasterboard, at household waste recycling centres (HWRC). 

The CLA is hoping this will reduce the amount of fly-tipping in our countryside. 

South West Farmer: Fly-tipping.

“There are one million incidents of fly-tipping reported every year, and it has a massive impact on the environment, wildlife, and crops as well as on the farmers who have to pay to clear it up," said Ann Maidment, south west regional director for the CLA.

"Making it cheaper and easier for people to get rid of their waste means they will be less likely to dump it illegally, but the police must also deal with the criminal gangs making money by dumping waste.

“We should be making it as simple as possible for people to dispose of rubbish and unwanted items responsibly, so the removal of any cost barriers is welcome.”

The DIY waste changes came into force as of December 31 2023. During the public consultation, 93% of householders agreed with the plans to amend legislation. 

Recycling minister, Robbie Moore, added: "We have delivered on our promise to make it easier and cheaper for people making home improvements to get rid of their waste properly.  

"Removing charges for DIY waste at council recycling centres will help New Year home improvement projects become a reality and ensure that those disposing of waste responsibly aren’t being penalised for doing so."