Plan to scrap DIY 'tip tax' waste charges welcomed by Devon Liberal Democrats

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News that charges to dump DIY waste at council recycling centres in Devon may be axed are welcomed today by the Liberal Democrats across Devon.

We opposed the charges when they were brought in by Devon County Council because we believed they would lead to more fly tipping in the countryside, says Cllr Alan Connett, Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition at County Hall.

However, in Devon, the cost of clearing up fly tipping falls to the district and city councils like Teignbridge and Exeter, while the income from the 'tip tax' goes to Devon County Council.

Cllr Connett added:" Scrapping the tip tax in Devon will certainly help in reducing the dumping of DIY waste in the countryside, down country lines and in field gateways.

"However, let's not pretend that fly tipping didn't happen before the tip tax started.

"Fly tipping has always been a problem because some people made the decision to dump their DIY rubbish in a concealed gateway rather than go to the tip."

Changes that could lead to the Government scrapping the 'tip tax' are part of a consultation by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

"In the meantime, says Cllr Connett, residents across Devon should make sure they use properly licensed operators to dispose of DIY waste.