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Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on charging charity shops for waste disposal; and if he will make a statement; (176532)

(2) what steps his Department is taking to stop the over-charging by local authorities of charity shops for collecting and disposing of waste from their shops.

Regulation 4 of the Controlled Waste Regulations (CWR), generally referred to as schedule 2, states that one of the types of household waste for which an authority can make a charge for collection is that from ‘premises occupied by a charity and used for charitable purposes’. Authorities cannot charge for the disposal of waste classed as household waste.

The CWR, as they pertain to waste, have not changed since 1992. However, it has recently come to DEFRA’s attention that there is an inconsistent approach to councils’ interpretation of these regulations. In the light of this, in October 2007, DEFRA wrote to all waste authorities in England clarifying its interpretation of the regulations and their waste data reporting duties. A copy of this letter is available on the DEFRA website at:

www.defra.gov.uk