Leeds Council is planning charges if you take rubble, plasterboard, hardcore and tyres to local recycling sites.  “The council is however aware that these proposals may impact on some individuals and communities, and is therefore seeking views from residents about the proposals before they are implemented.”

There is an online consultation until the 31st March here.

Leeds City Council say

The financial climate for local government continues to present significant risks to Leeds City Council’s priorities and ambitions. The council continues to make every effort possible to protect the front line delivery of services, and whilst we have been able to balance the budget each year since 2010, have continued to deliver a broad range of services despite declining funding from government, and have avoided large scale compulsory redundancies, it is clear that the position is becoming more challenging to manage.”

” The proposals to charge for some Environmental Services outlined here stand to contribute approximately £530,000 of this figure. Should these proposals not be implemented this money would have to be found by services elsewhere in the Council and would be likely to result in further cuts to frontline services in Leeds. “

Having assessed the options for saving money, the Council has therefore concluded that charging for some Environmental Services is the best way to protect frontline services to residents across the council, without significant impact on the city as a whole. “

Picture source and article on the growing problem of fly-tipping.